Psittacine beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild orange-bellied parrots (Neophema chrysogaster)

Shubhagata Das, Subir Sarker, Andrew Peters, Shane Raidal, Annie Phillips, Jade Forwood

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Abstract

We report an outbreak of beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) due to a novel genotype in the last re-maining wild population of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster). We used PCR to detect BFDV in the blood of psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) affected wild Or-ange-bellied Parrot nestlings in Tasmania. Phyloge-netic analysis of complete BFDV genome sequence data from infected birds supported the positioning of this clade genetically close to previous outbreaks of BFDV in captive birds in Tasmania. The detection of distinct lineages of BFDV in the remnant wild pop-ulation of orange-bellied parrots, consisting of fewer than 50 birds, suggests a role for other parrot spe-cies as a reservoir for infection by spillover into this critically endangered species.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee Annual Conference 2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAssociation of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee (AAVAC)
Pages18-27
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventUnusual Pets and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Special Interest Group and the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee (AAVAC) Combined Annual Conference 2015
- Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 06 Sep 201511 Sep 2015
https://web.archive.org/web/20151009121042/http://www.ava.com.au/sites/default/files/AVA_website/pdf/2015-AAVAC-UPAV-handbook.pdf (Conference handbook)

Conference

ConferenceUnusual Pets and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) Special Interest Group and the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee (AAVAC) Combined Annual Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleAdvancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period06/09/1511/09/15
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  • FT120100242

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    Das, S., Sarker, S., Peters, A., Raidal, S., Phillips, A., & Forwood, J. (2015). Psittacine beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild orange-bellied parrots (Neophema chrysogaster). In Proceedings of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee Annual Conference 2015 (pp. 18-27). Association of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee (AAVAC). http://www.aavac.com.au/files/2015-03.pdf