Juvenile King Parrot markings

To: storm <>
Subject: Juvenile King Parrot markings
From: Mike Owen <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:12:19 +1000
storm wrote:
Those markings are not normal but are almost certainly the result of
psittacine beak and feather (circovirus) disease.

See how the bird is missing flight feathers? Supposing it comes down the
ground it should be euthanised

It may have circovirus but it may also be an escaped pet bird with clipped wings that have partially moulted out. The photo isn't clear on this - the bird would need capturing and examined to see if the flight feathers are cut or missing. Yellow feathers are often a sign of liver disease - a side effect of circovirus, but also due to other causes such as an inappropriate captive diet. There are also some pied mutations of King parrots in aviculture.


Sunshine Coast Qld

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