Toxoplasmosis in birds?

To: Robin Eckermann <>
Subject: Toxoplasmosis in birds?
From: Marg Peachey via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2022 05:20:52 +0000
Hi Robin,

It sound like someone has raised it and released it.  It is very familiar with people and their surrounds.

kind regards,

Marg Peachey
Training Officer, ACT Wildlife
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On Thu, 10 Nov 2022 at 09:53, Robin Eckermann via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

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
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