Sightings wanted for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Project

Sightings wanted for Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Project

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) is caused by a virus and affects parrots and cockatoos worldwide. Common symptoms of infection are abnormalities in beak and feather growth, such as an elongated upper mandible or unusually-shaped feathers. Museum Victoria’s research project on PBFD aims to map the locations of infected parrots and cockatoos in order to better understand the occurrence of this disease in the wild.

If you see a parrot or cockatoo that may be infected with PBFD, please take a photograph of the bird and log your sighting on BowerBird. For enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Shandiya Balasubramaniam.  

Link to Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease project on Bowerbird: http://www.bowerbird.org.au/projects/13441/about

Photo: Andrew Silcocks

 

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