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Poorly chaffinch

Observed: 17th March 2013 By: JanetyJanety’s reputation in Birds

Chaffinch with diseased leg. What has caused this? Is it a fungus? Will it be infectios for other birds?

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Janety's picture

Poorly chaffinch.

A daily visitor. What is wrong with its leg?


chrisbrooks's picture

Fringilla papillomavirus

Probably Fringilla papillomavirus which is common in Chaffinches. You should also add a revised ID with a Latin name to truly complete your ID. Just press get recommended after adding the common name.


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Poorly chaffinch

Now I'm not an expert but I believe these kind of disease are often particularly infectious so it is important to keep any bird-feeders etc. as clean as you can - check out RSPB and BTO websites for more (and more accurate) information.

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