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Something wrong with this guys feet?

Observed: 14th October 2011 By: Rob18Rob18’s reputation in BirdsRob18’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

was looking through pictures and noticed this chaffinch has some weird growth on his feet? either that or its months worth of clumped food.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) interacts

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chrisbrooks's picture

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Possibly Fringilla papillomavirus - known as Bumblefoot.

http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/gardens-wildlife/garden-birds/d...

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Thistle's picture

Not uncommon in chaffinches.

Not uncommon in chaffinches. It doesn't seem to affect them too much. We had a regular visitor to our garden for a couple of years with feet like that. Gone now, he seemed to thrive well at the time.