Birds (class Aves) are feathered, winged, bipedal, endorthermic (warm blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals.
Although birds can spread germs to people, illness cause by touching or owning birds is rare. To best protect yourself from getting sick, thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap after contact with birds or their droppings. Some people are more likely than others to get disease from birds. A person’s health and heart status may affect his or her immune system, increasing the chances of getting sicks. people who are more likely to get diseases from birds include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS, and people being treated for cancer.