amazon feathers turning brown

by GREG
(KENNEWICK WA.)

I have a 1 1/2 year old Yellow Napped Amazon and recently his chest feathers started turning a off green brown color. It is from the neck down.

He seems to be molting and was wondering if this is part of the process? Someone told me that when they molt the feather starts to lose blood supply the feather will turn brown in green feather birds especially. I was wondering if this is true?

He is active, eats well, very happy, doesn't seem to have anything wrong except the feathers. I have not had a Amazon before and would appreciate any thoughts. GREG...

Comments for amazon feathers turning brown

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 11, 2008
DIET
by: GREG

THANKS FOR YOUR INFORMATION, I ORDERED SOME HARRISON'S AND WILL SWITCH OVER HIS FOOD.I FOUND A VET THAT DEALS WITH BIRDS, WOULDN'T HURT TO HAVE HIM CHECKED OUT. KNOW ONE IN THE HOUSE SMOKES AND HE TAKES REGULAR BATHS, SO I DON'T THINK THAT IS WHY THEY ARE TURNING COLORS.I HOPE IT IS THE DIET AND NOTHING BAD, HE IS VERY SPECIAL. THANKS AGAIN GREG

Dec 11, 2008
Amazon feathers turning brown
by: The Vet

This is not true. Feather color changes are due to poor diet, dirty feathers (especially if someone in the house smokes tobacco), or they can change due to physiological illness such as liver disease.

In Amazons I see these changes frequently due to poor diets, and secondary disease such as fatty liver disease. Examine your bird?s diet and if he is not eating pellets, then switch him to Harrison's.

Most importantly, take him to see an avian veterinarian for some blood work and other diagnostics.

Dr. B

Click here to add your own comments

Full Spectrum Lighting

Shreddable Toys!

New Foraging Toys!

Pellets & Supplies