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  • Anorexia (a loss of appetite), and lethargy (a feeling of listlessness and general inactivity), are commonly seen in sick pet birds. While not diagnostic for any specific disease, they do…

  • Chlamydophilosis, also called "Psittacosis" or "Parrot Fever", is a common disease of birds. The disease can cause chronic infections, asymptomatic infections, or sudden…

  • This disease was first described in Australian cockatoos in the early 1970s. It is commonly called Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) describing the chronic form of the disease with…

  • While most female birds have no problems laying eggs, occasionally they may encounter difficulty. When detected early, the condition can usually be resolved easily. If a prolonged period of…

  • Herpes viruses are believed to cause two well-known diseases of parrots: Pacheco’s Disease and papillomatosis. The former is an acute disease and capable of causing rapid death. The…

  • While many owners believe parasites are common causes of skin disorders and feather loss in birds, this is usually not the case. However, Cnemidocoptic mange, also called "cere…

  • The polyoma virus of pet birds belongs to the family Papova virus. Polyoma virus can cause benign feather lesions in birds (the so-called French molt) or sudden death. It is also known as…

  • Pox viruses can infect many species of birds, and each species of bird may have its own unique species of pox virus (mynah bird pox virus, canary pox virus, etc.). Pox viruses can cause…

  • First recognised in the early 1970s, proventricular dilatation disease was originally called "Macaw Wasting Disease", as the disease caused a gradual wasting of macaws. Since that…


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