Poxvirus infections can happen in any bird, and is named after the specific bird species affected by it, like turkey pox, pigeon pox, canary pox, etc. The incidence of Poxvirus infections in pet birds has been greatly reduced due to the import restrictions of exotic birds. Poxvirus infections at one time were very common in the blue-fronted Amazon parrots which were imported to America and Europe as pet birds. The severity of Poxvirus infections can range from mild, to more serious and deadly.
Three different types of symptoms appear in infected birds. They are listed below according to their level of severity.
Poxvirus infections spread through insect bites, such as mosquitoes. Birds kept outside which have cracks or breaks in their skin, are more likely to get infected.
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach