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dishevelled bullfinch - help

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Old Saturday 9th September 2017, 16:23   #1
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dishevelled bullfinch - help


Apologies if this is the incorrect sub-forum. I tried to post this in the general forum but it's someone wound up here.

I've around 10-15 bullfinches visit my feeders each day, but recently a couple of them (males) are starting to look very dishevelled / unwell. I'm not entirely certain what's wrong with them, but I was hoping someone on here might be able to help identifying the ailment in case it's something serious/contagious that warrants withdrawing the feeders for a few weeks.

I've attached a link to a picture / video - sorry for the quality as this was taken on a mobile phone. The video's probably the best in terms of quality.!AmlwZqJKr3hSljnZ4aO-bexqpf1p

This is the UK (Leeds)

Many thanks

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Old Saturday 9th September 2017, 16:59   #2
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Hi Stephen and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

Unfortunately the link doesn't work (at least it doesn't for m).

It would probably be better to upload a jpg image of the picture and your video could be uploaded to BFTV (through the tab above, but here's a direct link.

However, I would guess, your odd one has something like feather mite, or maybe is just moulting out juvenile feathers.

When you have uploaded an image I'll maybe move your post to a different forum (maybe the ID forum, but I'll see when I've looked at the picture(s).
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I can get the pics & video OK. It could just be that they're moulting (it's the time of year for it), but sickness is also a possibility. Yep, it might be a good idea to disinfect the feeders every few days.
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