Stomach virus could cause orange-bellied parrots to become extinct

11/12/2010 | United Press International

Australian researchers said the orange-bellied parrot, Neophema chrysogaster, could be in danger of becoming extinct because of a stomach virus that weakens the bird's immune system and causes it to lose feathers. Some researchers believe the virus could either be avian influenza or proventricular dilatation disease, which blocks food digestion.

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