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Throat Worms in Magpies

A colour-mutant magpie chick suffering a debilitating burden of throat worms. Photos by Andrew Ryan .

A colour-mutant magpie chick suffering a debilitating burden of throat worms. Photos by Andrew Ryan .

Cheilospirura gymnorhinis is often referred to as the throat worm of juvenile magpies. It can be mistaken for Gape Worm (Gape Worm is red; Throat worm is white).

Throat worm occurs in the oral cavity and in the pharynx of magpies, butcher-birds, currawongs, magpie-larks and black-faced cuckoo shrikes. C. gymnorhinis burrows its head into the mouth and throat of the host species which then responds by creating a nodule around the parasite.

In severe cases these nodules can cause blockage of the glottis, prevent ingestion of food and cause severe debilitation and death of the host bird.

Manual removal of the parasites by tweezers is recommended in conjunction with the use of Ivermectin oral anthelmintic (drench), available from rural produce store or veterinarian. Euthanasia should be considered as the most humane option for severe burdens of Throat worm.

A colour-mutant magpie chick from Port Macquarie. This young bird is suffering a debilitating burden of Throat worms as evidenced by photos of some of the many hundreds of worms painstakingly removed.

Story Meredith Ryan, FAWNA (NSW) Inc.

Throat worms taken from Magpie Chick

Throat worms taken from Magpie Chick.
Photos by Andrew Ryan

Womdata – Wombat Protection Society


WomdataWomdata is a research database compiled from many sources. Wombats are little studied and research is urgently needed as their numbers decline. You can help.

Research is becoming more urgent in the fight to save the three wombat species (Northern hairy-nosed, Southern hairy-nosed and bare-nosed wombats). The range of this, the largest burrowing animal in the world, has declined due to human impact over the years. This includes habitat loss, shooting, and infestation with introduced mites (mange). Collecting all data into a central database can help the research effort.

We need your wombats’ blood test results.

Do you have any blood test results from wombats? It doesn’t matter how old. The data will be collated and used to assist in wombat research. We don’t only need blood test results: Any other data can be entered into the database. Talk to us if you have some ideas – help us save the wombat.

IFAW: Wildlife Needs More Vets

iFAW - Wildlife needs vets

iFAW - Wildlife needs vetsAustralia has one of the largest numbers of wildlife carers in the world. But sadly there is a lack of vets, particularly in remote and rural areas willing and able to provide care.

Wildlife carers are the guardians and saviours of our precious wildlife, working round the clock to rescue, care for, rehabilitate and release the sick and the injured.  But when disaster strikes, such as a bush fire, there is often a lack of available qualified vets on hand to treat the affected wildlife.

Read full article on iFAW’s website

Animal Transport Just for Wildlife

World best wildlife bag in actionThe Worlds best Wildlife Rescue Bag (WRB) is designed just for Australian wildlife. Safely & securely contain and transport wildlife, especially macropods & koalas.

The WRB sets a new standard in wildlife transportation devices. It is deliberately over engineered for longevity, durability, animal comfort and wildlife worker protection.

For more information email: sherryl@zorzi.biz

Avian Influenza: The Facts from Hype

BirdThe NWC is concerned to sort out the facts from the hype when it comes to the Avian Influenza Virus, and its importance to the welfare and health of wildlife rehabilitators.

There are many strains of Avian Influenza viruses. Most of them do not cause disease. The strain that is currently causing widespread disease in Asia and parts of Europe is the H5N1 strain. At this stage there is no indication that H5N1 Bird-Flu is present in Australia, although this could change at any time. In the meanwhile it is important that wildlife carers are fastidious in maintaining their hygiene, especially when dealing with birds. This means using gloves and masks. It especially means washing your hands after dealing with each bird, thoroughly cleaning cages and avoiding dust from bird cages. Observing these normal hygiene practices also helps to protect against a range of problems including Psittacosis.


Factsheet from NSW Health