Beak And Feather Disease in Birds
Beak And Feather Disease in Birds

Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) is a virulent disease that affects not only parrots but also other birds as well. It is seen in cockatoos African grey parrots Eclectus Parrots and lorikeets lovebirds, and species of parrot that are of Asian, Australian, and African origin. The majority of the time, PBFD affects young birds and is rarely observed in birds that are older than three years old.

Symptom and Types

PBFD is readily identifiable by the primary signs and symptoms seen for birds infected. birds chirping  It is a general feather loss that is not ascribed to birds self-plucking. Other signs are:


Psittacine’s feather and beak disease is caused by Circovirus. The virus is transmitted from birds infected with the virus to healthy birds via direct contact, typically through feather dust and feces. the disease may also spread by contact with a nest box. The birds that are infected can also transmit this virus to their children.

Because the virus is able to live within the bird’s body for decades and isn’t destroyed with disinfectants, it is able to easily be transmitted as well as be difficult to stop.


Birds that are infected with PBFD must be quarantined immediately. Euthanasia is a recommended method to stop the spread of the disease and end suffering for the bird as there is no cure for this virus.


To stop PBFD For preventing PBFD, strict cleanliness should be observed within bird colonies, specifically making sure that dust is kept out. Also, it is recommended to regularly check for PBFD. Water Birds   If a bird is found to be infected, take it to a quarantine area and burn the nest box to stop the spread of the disease.


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