sick currawong - white feet

Subject: sick currawong - white feet
From: "Ian Hackworthy" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 12:26:50 +0000
Hi all,

The more I look the more I find!
There are a few species of the mite Cnemidocoptes which are usually fairly
species specific so they are not transmitted between most species.
Cnemidocoptes pilae infects the face, cere and legs of psittacines esp
Cnemidocoptes jamaicensis  infects passerines eg ?Tassle foot? in canaries.
Cnemidocoptes mutans  infects poultry causing ?Scaly leg?.
Cnemidocoptes intermedius has only been reported to infect Currawongs and
Forest Ravens.

The mites do not survive in the environment, they live their entire life
cycle on the host so transmission is by direct contact. The affected
Currawongs have, therefore been infected by contact with other Currawongs,
not from domestic species. If it progresses it is very debilitating and will
probably cripple and kill the host so if they can be caught it would be life

Good luck

Ian Hackworthy BVSc
Blue Mountains

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