Trichomoniasis in Birds

Greenfinches, Chaffinches & Goldfinches along with other finch species are the birds that are affected by this parasite.

What is it?

Trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite.

How can you tell?

Fluffed up feathers, slow to fly away, shows difficulty with swallowing, bits of food & saliva stuck around the bill.

Found a bird?

If you have found a bird & suspect that it is suffering with Trichomoniasis, before handling, contact your local vet or wildlife rehabilitators doe advice.

If you do handle the bird, wear gloves & wash hand thoroughly afterwards.

Is there a prevention?

Best thing to do is remove feeders and water supply, disinfect, allow to air dry.

“The consensus amongst bird conservation experts is that it’s best to then stop feeding or providing water in your garden for two to three weeks.”

Trichomoniasis (sick finches) (2019) BirdWatch Ireland. Available at: (Accessed: 13 March 2024).