|No studies have been established the cutaneous normal microflora in birds. So in this study, 103 psittacines (50 normal and 53 pickers) were included.
Acetate tape samples were taken from 6 sites (head, neck, proventer, propatagium, inguinal and preen gland area) in each bird, stained with modified Wright┬┤s stain and then malassezia were counted. Additionally, a Sabouraud culture was started and PCR using primers specific for Malassezia, Candida and Saprophytes were used in macroscopic diagnosed `yeasts`.
The number of yeasts was not statistically significant between normal and picking psittacines - yeasts were found infrequently in both groups.
Source: Preziosi DE, Morris DO, johnston M, Rosenthal Kl, Rankin SC (2004): Quantitiy ands distribution of Malassezia organisms on the skin of normal and feather-picking psittacines. In: Veterinary Dermatology 15, p 204