Knowledge of Beak & Feather disease in parrots.

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Subject: Knowledge of Beak & Feather disease in parrots.
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:44:45 +1000
Message received from John Gamblin (and others) on the Mornington
Peninsula in Victoria:

Replies to John, please.


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Can you help?

Brad, Rose, JAG & our growing band of 15 helpers please.

 On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 1:51 AM PDT CREST wrote:

Hello from Tyabb, on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria. We were
delighted to find your webpage.

CREST looks after a flock of around 100 semi-wild Sulphur Crested
Cockatoos here in Tyabb. These remarkable birds live in the Heritage
listed Radiata Pine trees that grow near the railway station.
Our goal is to manage all aspects of their welfare, including health.
We have a problem with Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease (PBFD) in our
flock. The earliest recorded mention of PBFD in Australia is around
1888, in the Adelaide Hills.

The world believes PBFD (caused by Circovirus) originated in
Australia, and then spread to the rest of the world. I'm trying to
find any Indigenous knowledge of PBFD in Australia prior to white
settlement here. I've had great difficulty accessing our cultural
knowledge. It is possible that this virus coincidently emerged around
the time of white settlement, but this seems like a very big
coincidence to me.

Are you able to share any knowledge of Beak & Feather disease in
parrots (all kinds) in our history? Your help would be most
appreciated by our members.

Thank you very much for your time.

Brad Lemon
for CREST.

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