By Gina Cioli/BowTie
Pionus parrots seem to be more prone to getting the disease aspergillosis compared to other parrot species.
Aspergillus is a genus of very common fungi that usually grown as a mold on plants, trees and starchy foods such as potatoes and bread. It is so prevalent that most people inhale aspergillus spores every day without ever knowing or becoming sick.
Aspergillus is the mold responsible for aspergillosis, a relatively common illness that many animals can develop, including birds and people. You can help prevent the growth of aspergillus by keeping your pet bird’s cage clean, regularly changing food and water, and not leaving any fresh foods in the cage for an extended period of time. A low-stress lifestyle also helps keep your pet bird’s immune system healthy so if your pet bird is exposed to aspergillus, she won’t get sick.
Not all species of aspergillus cause infections in people or animals. In fact, most don’t. Different species have a variety of different uses, from helping to ferment Japanese sake to producing natural products, such as citric acid to aid in the research and development of new medications.
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