Pink Eye- African Grey

by Sam
(LB, CA, USA)

I have Pink Eye, Conjunctivitis; is it possible that I have given it to my African Grey? I handle him often, and I am worried I may have infected him. He seems fine, but I want to be careful. Also, is Pink Eye dangerous for birds?

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Oct 03, 2011
You can give birds pink eye
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, your bird can get this (from you) and it is dangerous. Wash hands and no kissing the bird.

Dr B

Sep 17, 2011
pink eye
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I'm no avian vet but I found this on the net for you. I'm not sure about this but I'm sure the Dr. will answer you.


Pink eye is either caused by chlamydia or mycoplasm. Both are similar type organisms...characteristics like viruses in that they are intracellular organisms, but like bacteria in that they can be treated with antibiotics, specifically doxycycline or tetracycline. Chlamydia is the cause of psittacosis. Pink eye refers to a reddish colored, inflammed conjunctiva (the tissue under eyelids), not the eye itself. The conjunctiva becomes inflammed, red colored, and may bulge over the edge of the lids. It won't normally cause blindness until its not treated and infection extends directly to the eye. But this is rare. It definetely can go from bird to people. I personally haven't heard of it going from people to birds. Rx with oral and/or ophthalmic antibiotics (above).


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