Parrots in Peril: Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild Australian psittacines

Johanne Martens, Helena Stokes, Mathew L Berg, Ken Walder, Shane Raidal, Michael Magrath, Andrew T.D Bennett

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Infectious diseases are a major threat to global biodiversity. Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) is a generalist pathogen with high mutation rates. All Australian psittacine species and most if not all psittacines globally are considered to be susceptible. This is of great concern, as psittacines are one of the most threatenedbird orders world-wide. Furthermore, BFDV has recently been found in several non-psittacine bird species. It is listed as a “key threatening process to biodiversity” by the Australian Commonwealth Government. BFDV can lead to immunosuppressive and fatal disease, and has severely impacted critically endangered species like the Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster). To date, there is no treatment available. In spite of these conservation and welfare impacts, little research has been done on BFDV in wild host populations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Event2019 Wildlife Disease Association Australasia (WDA-A) Conference - Gumleaves Bush Holidays, Little Swanport, Australia
Duration: 29 Sept 201904 Oct 2019 (abstracts)


Conference2019 Wildlife Disease Association Australasia (WDA-A) Conference
CityLittle Swanport
OtherFull papers only made available to conference registrants. Abstracts (pub avail) in link below.
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