Wild Finches - Common Diseases
Wild finches can be susceptible to numerous common bird diseases - so if you have concerns that finches in your garden may be at risk, this guide takes a look at some of the most dangerous afflictions for wild birds. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Common Diseases of Wild Finches
This is a fairly common finch disease, and as with humans, it's fairly easy to spot the signs of the ailment. Finches with conjunctivitis will have swollen red, runny eyes that can make visibility extremely difficult. In the most severe cases, some birds may struggle to open their eyes. Feeding can become a problem for a wild finch during a bout of conjunctivitis, so it's worth making the feeder a little more accessible if you spot an afflicted bird.
- Avian Pox
A wild finch can contract this disease as a result of eating an infected insect or feed teeming with parasites. It's fairly easy to spot the signs of avian pox - warty lesions will begin to crop up on the feet, legs and head of an infected bird.
- Mycoplasma Gallisepticum
This is an airborne disease that can prove fatal for wild finches. It's fairly difficult to spot, but common signs can include puffy eyes and swollen sinuses. If an outbreak becomes prevalent in your area, it's best to clean bird feeders thoroughly to stem the flow of the disease across the wild finch family.