Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 90, Issue 7

I have seen more cases of magpies brought into my veterinary clinic this season with pox virus lesions than previous years . As mosquitoes and other biting insects play a role in its transmission I have assumed our impressive recent rainfall is a major factor.
Mike Fitzgerald

From: Birding-Aus <; on behalf of <;
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:00:01 AM
To: <;
Subject: Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 90, Issue 7

Send Birding-Aus mailing list submissions to

To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to

You can reach the person managing the list at

When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific
than "Re: Contents of Birding-Aus digest…"

Today’s Topics:

   1. Magpie affliction (Paul Doyle)
   2. Re: Magpie affliction (Philip Veerman)


Message: 1

From: "Paul Doyle" <;
To: <;
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Magpie affliction
Message-ID: <001301d72f4f$4c833cb0$e589b610$;
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

Hi all,

Our local magpies had chicks this year and one of the juveniles came in to
try t swipe some dog food from the bowl at our place (Como on the Woronora
River, Southern Sydney)

I could see it had something wrong with its eyes so went to get binoculars
and say a pretty horrible sight.

It’s right eye had about 5 warty-looking growths around the margins, on the
eye lids I think.

The left eye was completely covered with these growths, so that I could not
even see it’s eye.

I don’t think it would have been possible to see out of that eye.


Didn’t seem to affect its binocular vision too much: it had no apparent
trouble perching on our gate and then on a tree branch as it flew off once
the dog came on the scene.


Anyone seen this sort of thing before? Any idea what it may be?



————– next part ————–
An HTML attachment was scrubbed…
URL: <>


Message: 2
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:14:18 +1000
From: "Philip Veerman" <;
To: "’Paul Doyle’" <;, "’Birding Aus’"
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Magpie affliction
Message-ID: <002201d72f5a$b0b716b0$12254410$;
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"



Yes there have been some local prior messages on this subject. Though I
don’t recall details. But this easily found website from UK, describes it.




From: Birding-Aus [


From: Birding-Aus [>


Subject: Digest Footer

Birding-Aus mailing list
To change settings or unsubscribe visit:


End of Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 90, Issue 7

Comments are closed.