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Poorly chaffinch

Observed: 17th March 2013 By: JanetyJanety’s reputation in Birds
SAM_0263
Description:

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

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chaffinch interacts

Comments

Janety's picture

Poorly chaffinch.

A daily visitor. What is wrong with its leg?

Janety

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.

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

scarpermac's picture

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.

Feel free to look at my ongoing (hopefully improving) collection of pictures on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46256910@N00/