Greenfinch and goldfinch with trichomonosis symptoms video

February 25, 2014

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Birds, Gardening For Wildlife

Both greenfinch and goldfinch show trichomonosis symptoms

Trichomonosis (fat finch disease) was discovered by members of the public taking part in the British Trust for Ornithology, Garden Bird Watch Scheme,  (not the RSPB scheme!) in 2005.  This is a Citizen Science collaboration between members of the public and scientists. A worthwhile wildlife gardening project.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Marian February 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

Hi George

So distressing to see this. We lost 4 greenfinch in 2012 but no symptoms appeared last summer. Iin fact we had a number of both species early spring a few visits through the summer but quite a healthy number of green finch and goldfinch last autumn.

Dreadful to see this. We have had greenfinch feeding on hemp seed which they seem to favour above all other variations in the feeders but only one goldfinch. Spring is on the way!!!

Cheers for now Marian


nurturingnature February 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

It is very distressing Marian, even though you know you are not responsible….the message has to get across for garden feeder hygiene, hence my little contribution! Getting geared up for masons!! Cheers, George


Eli nassar October 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

You can cure this disease by using RANDIZOLE . I have used it effectively with my pigeons who contracted the same diseases.
Dr. Eli nassar


Africa Gomez March 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Truly sad to see. I had an ill woodpigeon visiting the bird table and decided to stop feeding for a few weeks and have a spring clean. These illnesses transmit very well during wet weather, as they survive on the food the birds try to eat and fail, which they spit and is left about. You can clean the feeders, but the food lying about is also contaminated. Better to leave the artificial feeding for a while and let the ill birds die fast before passing the disease to the healthy ones. One of the disadvantages of artificial feeding is diseases, sad but true.


nurturingnature March 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Your are right Africa. I have done this in the past, stopped feeding. It also helps to move the feeders/bird tables around the garden to limit the effects of the organism living in the detritus beneath them. Hope your solitary box is cleaned and up ready! Cheers George


Lynne September 26, 2016 at 8:13 am

Unfortunately I have just discovered a Greenfinch on one of our feeders this morning ….. I’ve taken down the feeders and they will be cleaned. We have so many different birds that come on a regular basis along with the joy that comes with them … I will be cleaning the feeders of course and now would like to know how long I need to keep the area free of feeders. Thank you Lynne


nurturingnature September 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Two weeks has been recommended Lynne. Cheers, George


Eli nassar October 9, 2016 at 5:20 am

How do you treat this diseasr


nurturingnature October 9, 2016 at 6:19 am

At the moment you cant. We have to prevent them catching it at our feeders which means keeping them clean, moving them around the garden just a few feet will do and perhaps preventing wood pigeons from eating off the ground.HTH George


Eli nassar October 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

When I asked I did it fast.
Then I did my research and found out you talking about the same disease some of my pigeons get.. CANKER.
I have successfully treated it with RANDIZOLE which you can buy from Pigeon Supply stores.
Is I was you I will trap the sick bird, put him in a cage and treat him. Then release him when cured.


Eli nassar October 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm

Sorry I meant RANIDEZOLE.


Linda Keating October 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

Why am I getting at least 25 gold finch and chaffinch dead in my garden for the last 2 months


nurturingnature October 22, 2016 at 9:04 pm

If it is trichomonosis someone near you is not cleaning their feeders


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