As reports of mourning and Eurasian collared dove die offs in the Kuna area filter in to Fish and Game offices, forensic testing on several dead birds from the area has pinpointed the cause of death as pigeon paramyxovirus, a strain of paramyxovirus that is common to pigeons and doves.
Similar dove die offs were recently reported in the Idaho City area, while a large pigeon die off occurred during summer in Mountain Home due to a different strain of paramyxovirus.
Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal
What Causes This Disease?Trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite, Trichomonas gallinae.
Where Is The Disease Found?Trichomoniasis is found worldwide in pigeons and doves. The disease has been well documented in Idaho in doves and pigeons.
Signs of DiseaseTrichomoniasis causes large masses of exudate in the oral cavity, throat or crop of affected birds. The masses can be large enough that they obstruct the passage of food and the birds die of starvation. Trichomoniasis is usually seen in pigeons and doves in mid to late summer, especially in areas where large numbers of birds are being fed. The birds can eat, but the lesions do not allow the bird to pass food into the crop and gizzard. The food that is eaten is usually regurgitated and the contaminated food is then consumed by another bird which can then become infected with trichomoniasis.
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