sick currawong - white feet

Subject: sick currawong - white feet
From: "Ian Hackworthy" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 10:45:45 +0000
Hi Caroline and List,

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

From: "Caroline Kelly" <>
To: <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] sick currawong - white feet
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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