Toxoplasmosis in birds?

To: 'Robin Eckermann' <>
Subject: Toxoplasmosis in birds?
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2022 00:02:50 +0000

How about it being a lost or escaped pet, or one that has been tamed by other people unknown to you? Just seems a more likely suggestion than Toxoplasmosis.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Robin Eckermann via Canberrabirds
Sent: Thursday, 10 November, 2022 9:53 AM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Toxoplasmosis in birds?


Toxoplasmosis in rats chauses changes of behaviour, reducing their innate fear to cat odours and presumably rendering them more easy targets.

Can it occur in birds? In our neighbourhood is an immature king parrot (now nicknamed "Psycho") that exhibits quite bizarre behaviour. It swoops the friendly magpies that for 20+ years have enjoyed time in our yard.  If the door is open, it will walk in and make itself at home - climbing up on furniture or flying onto a laptop screen to check out what's going on ... and is quite happy to climb up a leg until it finds some bare flesh and then has a chomp to see what it tastes like.

Any insights folk can offer would be gratefully received.

Regards ... Robin Eckermann
Phone: 02-6161-6161 (w) 0418-630-555 (m)

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