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These pics were taken earlier this month on feeders at my house in Yuma, AZ. I'm fairly certain these are two different finches with a growth in pretty much the same place. I would think this would be uncommon. Any thoughts?

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Agree with The Bird Nuts. Unfortunately it is fairly common among the House Finches I have here (Sacramento). I see several afflicted with this every year.

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Also very common in pigeons/doves.  Mosquito borne. The chicken industry developed a vaccine to ward off the virus, or greatly reduce its effect. The lesions usually dry up and fall off, but it does, rarely, result in deaths. Effect is predominately to young birds and once a bird is infected, after recovery,  it is then immune. 

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