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Bacterial And Fungal Skin Infections in Birds

Avian Skin Infections


Much like humans, birds suffer from skin infections. In birds, they can be due to injury or infection and usually results in redness and swelling. And if the bird continuously pecks at the infection, it may be ulcerate.


Symptoms and Types


In general, symptoms affecting the skin include:


  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling


If your bird is pecking an skin area more than usual, check for infection and take the bird to the veterinarian for proper diagnosis and medication.


There are various types of skin infections in birds, including:


  • Bacterial skin infections – caused by bacteria, such as bacilli, staphylococci and streptococci. Bumblefoot (pododermatitis) is caused by staphylococci.
  • Fungal skin infections – caused by various fungi like ringworm, Cryptococcus fungi, malassezia yeast, etc. They can occur anywhere on the body. Conversely, yeast infections occur usually around the beak.