Gastrointestinal parasites can cause many problems in a bird's stomach and intestines, but also affects the normal functions of other organs. One such parasite is Giardia, which is a singled-celled microbes (protozoa) found in the intestines.
Giardiasis generally affects cockatiels, budgerigars, lovebirds, and other birds of the parrot family, like macaws, parrots, and cockatoos.
Symptoms of the Giardiasis infection include:
An infected bird’s droppings will also look like popcorn. Baby birds will have poor feathering, cry incessantly, have increased hunger, not gain a normal amount of weight and, unfortunately, do not usually survive the infection.
Giardiasis infection is usually spreads by consuming contaminated food. However, adult birds which are not infected can still carry the parasites.
A group of organisms made up of only one cell; a one-celled animal
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