Wildlife experts ask people to take down bird feeders because of possible disease outbreak

Wildlife experts are asking people to take down their bird feeders due to the possible spread of a disease affecting finches and other birds in Atlantic Canada.

Known as trichomonosis, the Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative says recent reports of sick and dying birds could mean possible outbreaks of the disease.

A parasite infects the upper digestive tract of the birds, as well as other organs including the lungs.

David Currie of the Nova Scotia Bird Society says a number of birds, particularly goldfinches and purple finches, are suffering from it throughout the region.