Magpie affliction

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Magpie affliction
From: "Paul Doyle" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:40:27 +1000

So the consensus seems to be Avian Pox: have to admit I have never seen an instance of this before.

Thanks for all the assistance.




From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Monday, 12 April 2021 3:14 PM
To: 'Paul Doyle' <>; 'Birding Aus' <>
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Magpie affliction




Yes there have been some local prior messages on this subject. Though I don’t recall details. But this easily found website from UK, describes it.




From: Birding-Aus [m("","birding-aus-bounces");">] On Behalf Of Paul Doyle
Sent: Monday, 12 April, 2021 1:53 PM
To: m("","birding-aus");">
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Magpie affliction


Hi all,

Our local magpies had chicks this year and one of the juveniles came in to try t swipe some dog food from the bowl at our place (Como on the Woronora River, Southern Sydney)

I could see it had something wrong with its eyes so went to get binoculars and say a pretty horrible sight.

It’s right eye had about 5 warty-looking growths around the margins, on the eye lids I think.

The left eye was completely covered with these growths, so that I could not even see it’s eye.

I don’t think it would have been possible to see out of that eye.


Didn’t seem to affect its binocular vision too much: it had no apparent trouble perching on our gate and then on a tree branch as it flew off once the dog came on the scene.


Anyone seen this sort of thing before? Any idea what it may be?



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