West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease that: is endemic to Africa but has spread worldwide is caused by a virus from the family Flaviviridae is spread by mosquitoes feeding on ‘blood’ meals affects humans, horses, birds, and other mammals has begun to affect animals in Alberta Birds are the principle hosts of the disease […]

Psittacosis Information

Psittacosis Derived from the Greek word ‘psittakos’, meaning parrot, psittacosis is a disease of hooked bill, or psittacine birds. Also called ornithosis, chlamydiosis (different from human venereal disease), or parrot fever, psittacosis is caused by an organism called Chlamydophila psittaci, a highly infectious, obligate intracellular bacteria. This organism can induce disease in most species of […]

Bird Care

Information on Bird Care Pet birds are intelligent and active animals and once their nutritional and housing needs are met, it is important to also meet their psychological needs. Birds are, by nature, flock animals and the household occupants become the flock that the bird now lives in. ACTIVITY: Locate the cage near the family […]