You Make The Diagnosis: Name The Disease Conures Often Carry

Conures are a type of small parrot that originate from Central and South America.  Although they come in a variety of colors, they all share one thing in common . . . an unquenchable zest for life.  These little dynamos are the Jack Russel Terriers of the bird world, bold and inquisitive.  They are also quite vocal as demonstrated by this video clip of two Sun Conures I took at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.    

Unfortunately, they may carry a disease that is fatal to other species of parrots which is why I do not recommend keeping conures with other birds.  Name this disease. 

Diagnosis:  Pacheco’s Virus (Avian Herpes Virus)

Conures may carry Avian Herpes Virus which causes disease in other species.  It is most often found in Nanday and Patagonian conures although any conure may carry it.  I remember a family who lost their beloved Amazon parrot after taking care of a neighbor’s pet conure.  The family felt sorry for the bird being alone while her family was on vacation and brought the bird to their house.  Unfortunately, neither family knew about this disease.   

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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