COVID-19 & Birds

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the daily lives of humans and animals globally. This has led to a dramatic loss of human lives, more so the rapid spread of the virus. It has also succeeded in slowing down the world’s economy because of the interruptions on businesses and world trades. The pandemic has come as a surprise to most of us and has made us realise the worth of the things and people we take for granted.

The COVID-19 pandemic is everywhere, and Australia is not left out. Human beings are at the centre stage, but the question remains: can the virus be passed from humans to birds? The chance of this happening seems low as there are no proofs to support that the virus could be transferred to birds as of now.

Due to the pandemic, it has become necessary for people to stay socially distant- at least in public places. To find comfort and relief in this present time of loneliness and distress, Australians have been turning to birds. This is a clear illustration of the positive relationship between humans and birds.

In Australia, about a third to more than half of its households regularly feed their birds at their houses. This points to the fact that people now realise that birding is easy to do while staying socially distant. The record has it that birding boosts humans’ mental and physical well-being because it is a great way to connect with nature.

Without doubt, birds’ feeding, and watering can be the difference between life and death of the birds. What is good at keeping birds without fending for them?

In a way, the pandemic has had a positive effect on bird feeding and watering in Australia. Unlike before the pandemic, when there were available feedstocks with no market, we now have a significant strain on feeds’ supply. In this way, there has been a boost in sales now when compared to the pre-COVID era.

The spike in sales results from people creating more time for their birds, thereby providing them with food and water at frequent intervals, unlike before. Bird owners even now have at least a two-week emergency supply of food on hand for their birds due to the restrictions on movement. This frequent feeding and watering also help the birds in boosting their immune system against diseases.

In the attempt to be cautious due to the COVID-19 spread, embracing, pecking, and sharing food with birds have discouraged Australians. This is to prevent respiratory secretions of infected people being spread to their birds. Similarly, it is expected that any sick bird should be isolated from healthy people.

It is worth emphasising that bird owners should not panic despite being in the middle of a pandemic. Panicking does more harm than good. Isn’t it? It would be best to take more control of the situation by taking suitable actions to be prepared for whatever the pandemic throws at you. Lastly, it would be best if you learned how infected people should interact with their birds.