Avian Poxvirus

Avian Pox 3 by Feathers (Joe), on Flickr
Avian Pox 3 by Feathers (Joe), on Flickr

Avian poxvirus has been reported widely in the news recently as the disease quickly spreads across the UK.

It has been around for a few years, but we are now witnessing particularly severe symptoms in Great Tits and other parids.

BTO provides information about diseases in garden birds and what measures you can take to help.

If you are unfortunate to encounter diseased birds in your garden, please contribute to our understanding of these diseases by reporting your details online or direct to:

Garden Ecology Team
e-mail: gbw@btw.org
tel: 01842 750050

  1. Bird pox ‘sweeping through UK’. Today, BBC Radio 4, 3 August 2011
  2. Avian pox spreading across the UK – Have you seen affected birds? Wildlife News Extra, August 2011
  3. UK garden birds hit by avian pox virus. The Guardian, 3 August 2011.

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