I photographed this young Crow at Hengistbury Head, Dorset yesterday, it has some nasty looking growths on both feet, is it Avian Pox? or could it be some other disease?
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I'm not an expert so not sure but it could well be Avian Pox.
I've found this on the internet. hollowhappenings.blogspot.com/.../pox-on-your-raven.html
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In reply to Alan.:
Thanks Alan, not good news for this bird, & could spread to the rest of the Crows & other birds.
Your picture was taken on a beach Joe, so lets hope it does not spread as much as it could :(
Just an update on this Crow, I photographed the same bird this morning & it was good to see it's feet are looking a lot better, so it looks like it wasn't Avian Pox after all?, still would like to know exactly what the problem was.
In reply to Joem:
Hi Joem, I'm pleased to see that the crow and it's feet are looking so much better; birds can often recover from the contagious Avian Pox even when it is in a much more advanced state so I wouldn't entirely rule that fact out although I can't tell you whether that AP was the original cause, just good to see the bird recovering well and thanks for the update.
Out of interest we had a Great Tit with severe Avian Pox back at the end of 2018, beginning 2019 and when I showed this photo to a qualified birding expert he told me that even when this bad the bird could still go on to recover as he had absolute proof of one case - which I found amazing and at the same time was very relieved to hear. To be honest I haven't seen signs of AP for well over a month so maybe the bird did recover but I have no way of knowing for sure. When two or more cases are seen like this then it is best to remove all forms of feeders/food and water trays from the garden for at least one month; I left mine off for 6 weeks as we had two birds with this disease.
I refrained before from posting up a photo of this Great Tit as most people could find it too distressing to see but as now I understand that they can recover totally I will show you how bad this particular case looked ...... the lump near its eye is also Avian Pox
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