A team from Deakin’s Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE) and the School of Medicine spent eight years studying the Crimson Rosella and its subspecies across NSW, Victoria and South Australia, watching the birds evade fatality from the Beak and Feather Disease virus.
According to Deakin CIE PhD student Justin Eastwood, who did much of the work on the research project, the bird’s vibrant colours could in fact be linked to the virus.
Dr Mathew Berg, CIE researcher and project author, said the research would have implications for wildlife monitoring and captive breeding programs of the world’s 350 parrot species- about 25 per cent of which are at risk of global extinction.
More information about the research can be found on:
- The Geelong Independent: Australian crimson rosellas could hold key to solving a deadly bird virus
- Geelong Advertiser: Rosella colour could be deadly to other birds, Deakin research finds
- Health Canal: Parrot colours linked to disease that kills other species
- World News Network: Parrot colours linked to disease that kills other species: Deakin research (Deakin University)