sick currawong - white feet

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Subject: sick currawong - white feet
From: "Caroline Kelly" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 20:43:16 +1000
Wow that was quick! Thanks all for the responses - I've pasted them all
below as some replied to me privately (I hope that is ok?).

Does Cnemidocoptic mites = Scaley leg mite = bumblefoot?

I should note here that I don't feed this or any other bird - and I really
don't like my chances of catching it! It doesn't appear to be disabled in
any other way - flies/walks/feeds just fine... and the beak appeared
unaffected. We do live in a built up urban area - and not near a rubbish
tip... or chicken/poultry farm... though I'm sure they have a large range.

This is the 1st time I have seen the bird... I will however keep an eye out
for it now and if I do happen to see it again will keep a close eye on it. I
have done a wildlife care course so if it does become disabled I will
transport it to Currumbin.

Thanks again!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Hackworthy 
Sent: Saturday, 10 March 2007 8:19 PM
Subject: sick currawong - white feet

Hi Caroline,

This looks like the result of Cnemidocoptic mites which burrow under the 
scales of the leg and cause the scales to proliferate and in some birds a
powdery appearance occurs. It often affects the beak as well causing similar

proliferation at the base of the beak and can cause the beak to become
deformed (often seen in Budgerigars and chickens). It can lead to lameness
and loss of skin.
If it gets disabled and you can catch it you could take it to Currumbin Bird

Sanctuary or your local vet and the treatment is fairly straightforward with

a drop of Ivermectin or similar product once a week for a few weeks.

I hope this is helpful

Ian Hackworthy BVSc
Blue Mountains

-----Original Message-----
From: brian fleming 
Sent: Saturday, 10 March 2007 8:24 PM
To: Caroline Kelly; 
Subject: Sick cCrrawong

Looks like Scaly Leg-mite, contracted from neglected backyard poultry.
Treatment is to paint birds' legs with miticide.  You'd have to catch it 
Anthea Fleming


-----Original Message-----
From: inger vandyke 
Sent: Saturday, 10 March 2007 8:16 PM
To: ; 
Subject: sick currawong - white feet

Hi All,

Just my humble opinion.  If it's not mud, then I would assume this could be
a manifestation of poor diet in the bird.  Do you live in a highly populated

area?  Or near a rubbish tip?

I have seen domestic pigeons with growths gnarling their feet and always 
assumed this is diet related.

Would be interested to know from others if this is the case?



-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Buchan 
Sent: Saturday, 10 March 2007 7:55 PM
To: Caroline Kelly
Subject: sick currawong - white feet


Looks like 'bumblefoot' - its common in domestic pigeons and Mynahs .It gets
passed on often at coomon feeding area eg if someone feeds the pigeons.



>From: "Caroline Kelly" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [Birding-Aus] sick currawong - white feet
>Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 16:22:25 +1000
>Hi all,
>This pied currawong was feeding in our backyard today - it appears to have
>some sort of viral/fungal disease on its legs and feet. Anyone know what
>this is/seen it before?
>Caroline, Southport, Gold Coast, South East QLD
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