aka: pigeon pox
Avian Pox is seen within the Dove & Pigeon groups, as well as other bird species. It is mainly seen as lesions on the beaks, eye ceres or legs & feet of a bird. It is caused from a mosquito biting the exposed skin of the bird. The "pox virus" is very contagious to other bird within the same flight.
Below are four pictures which show "avian pox" on a Ringneck Dove which has been infected on the soft tissue of the inside of the bill & cere. IDS appreciates Sandy Mento for sharing the pictures of her bird so that others can see what this virus looks like.
The enlarged lesion sacs usually harden & turn black, these then can be picked off the bird, care should be taken as the area can bleed. It is best to allow the lesions to fall off themselves.
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