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HamRHead

??? Bird Augusta GA

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I'm looking for help on this bird with the odd, deformed bill. Augusta, GA within last several days.

It has been observed rubbing its bill on tree branches.

One photo shows chipping sparrows for size comparison.

 

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i think you should take this feeder and any others down and give them a good cleaning.

The bird may have "House Finch Eye Disease".

Please note there is no way to know if that is the case that it contracted it at your feeder so I'm not accusing you of anything.

Only House Finches catch it, no other birds, and it can not be caught or nor is dangerous to humans. There is plenty of info on the web about the best combination of water and bleach to use to clean the feeder.

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1 part bleach to 10 parts hot water and give it a good scrub. Once done, scrub / rinse clean with just water. It is actually good to do monthly. This disease is contagious (and fatal) to House Finches, but like I mentioned, no other species of bird get it, and it is harmless to humans, so no concerns in cleaning it.

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5 hours ago, CanadianCodhead said:

This disease is contagious (and fatal) to House Finches, but like I mentioned, no other species of bird get it, and it is harmless to humans, so no concerns in cleaning it.

I thought other species of finches can get it too, like goldfinches and Purple Finches.  Or is that another disease?

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6 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

I thought other species of finches can get too, like goldfinches and Purple Finches.  Or is that another disease?

I understood other species can carry the bacteria but are asymptomatic. Other species can get avian pox with similar symptoms (but beyond the eyes).

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This bird doesn't seem to have anything wrong with its eyes. It's just got a messed up bill. What's with the assumption that it's got the eye disease?

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17 minutes ago, AdrianB said:

This bird doesn't seem to have anything wrong with its eyes. It's just got a messed up bill. What's with the assumption that it's got the eye disease?

I did say "may have" not "does". If it is another bacterial or infective agent that has caused damage, and not trauma or birth defect, all the suggestions around the cleaning are still equally valid.

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Looks like avian pox, which can also be transmitted at feeders. 

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