| Accessibility Statement

Heather Abernathy - Summer 2012

A new disease is emerging in songbirds in North America as well as in European birds. The protozoan parasite, Trichomonas gallinae (which causes the disease trichomoniasis) has been found in dead birds from a variety of locations in the past 3 years. It was formerly a disease of pigeons, but now it appears to be affecting members of the finch family. Preliminary reports indicate that it causes mortality in most cases but there have been few surveys of the parasite in actual live birds. Heather is conducting a survey of the pathogen in live house finches over the summer in the Athens area. Birds are trapped via mist nets near the ecology building and are sampled for the pathogen. Results of the survey will elucidate the prevalence of the disease in house finches from this area, and also how common the pathogen is in live birds.