PBFD SC Cockatoo

To: "Chris Davey" <>
Subject: PBFD SC Cockatoo
From: "boy nature" <>
Date: Sat, 07 May 2011 23:17:52 +0000
On Friday I was walking down Erldunda Circ Hawker when I heard a SC cockatoo begging. Unusual, I thought, so I looked up. The very large juvenile had a very long and twisted upper mandible (2 times normal length), a twisted lower mandible, bare around most of the lores, and a very short scraggly tail. I assume Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD).
The parent was delicately dropping regurgitated food into the lower beak, quite adeptly I thought.

I think you were recording instances of PBFD virus in about 1992, not sure if you still are. I haven't noticed many birds with PBFD in recent years.

Benj Whitworth

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