Nature Video

By Joe McFarlane


A budgie suffering from a viral disease, which causes her feathers to fall out, lives a happy life with her owner in the Netherlands.

Psittacine beak and father disease, more commonly known as PBFD, is a highly contagious viral disease that causes the prevention of a bird’s feather to grow on their body.

When Nardjara Bennaars brought little Coco into her home, the poor budgie’s disease had manifested due to the stressful life she had lived with her previous owner.

Now living with Nardjara in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, the three-year-old bird lives a featherless, but stress-free life.

Nardjara said: “Coco’s feathers can’t grow. The disease attacks her feather follicles and prevents them from growing.

“Sometimes she has the tiny head of breast feathers that grow a little bit, but they fall off really quickly.

“I take care of Coco. My house is always warm, I love her with all my heart and I do my best to try to give her the best life possible.”