this is a sulphur crested cockatoo with PBFD (Beak and Feather
Disease) There are plenty around and if they come to the RSPCA or to
any vet they are euthanased. It is a viral disease that affects the
feather development, the feather dust production and the beak which
grows and distorts. Who knows what it does to their insides.
But they =
eventually die of starvation and because of lack of feather dust
look very grubby. We see more in winter as the cold gets them as
It is a disease endemic in cockatoo populations
(can be seen also in =
galahs and rosella with differing symptoms).
Beak and Feather is spread =
from bird to bird readily but only the weakest
of the population succumb =
to it. We discourage feeding stations
in backyards because of the way =
parrots feed - on the ground and amongst
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