Amazon Parrot feathers going black

by Candy
(South Africa)

Hi there, My 36 year old Amazon Parrots feathers started to turn black on his back and shoulders about 1 year back. I have since lowered his fat intake. He is only allowed a teaspoon on sunflower seeds a day and he gets lots of veggies every day and also proteins and a bit of calcium every other day. This has helped a lot but not completely. His feathers still grow back with black specs on them and they are supposed to be black. What else could the problem be.

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Jul 24, 2010
Getting Harrison's pellets shipped overseas
by: Tracie

You can purchase Harrison's from this website, even though you live overseas. There are several forwarding companies that will give you a US address that you can mail things to. Then once things arrive at their address, they will forward things on to you.

Please visit our International Orders page to learn about the company that some of my international customers use. I do not get any money for telling you about them, by the way.

Jul 23, 2010
Hi Linda
by: Candy

Hi Linda,

I have taken him to an Avian specialist which did tests to confirm he had a fatty liver. Just wanted to find out if there could also be another problem contributing to this. I have been to the Harrisons website and nobody in South Africa sells these pellets. Both this website and the Harrisons website do not ship to South Africa. Please help me in finding someone who will ship this food to me.

Jul 21, 2010
Amazon Parrot feathers going black
by: Linda

As Tracie suggested, you need to take your bird to an Avian Vet, and she gave a link to help with that.Do not take to dog and cat vet as they do not know anything about diagnosing or treating parrots and will make matters worse.

The other problem here is that this bird's diet is not and has not been a healthy one. Parrots cannot live on seeds and veggies/fruit alone as they need a healthy diet of Organic Pellets. Hopefully you can find Harrison's there where you are. If not, contact and ask them if they ship to your country or if they know how you can find this food somewhere in your country.

At your bird's age, to have spent a lifetime eating poor diet, there may be much wrong with him, and the Avian Vet can do some bloodwork to see what kind of shape his organs are in, like his kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathryoid.The sunflower seeds are addictive and extremely high in fat.

It takes time to change from seeds to pellets and here is a link to help with that:
Switching Birds to Pellets article

Article is written by an Avian Vet who recommends Harrison's organic pelleted diet for all parrots.

The seeds you are left with once he has changed over, can be sprouted for a high protein/low fat fresh food, and you'll need to do a search on the internet as to how to correctly sprout seeds as if it is done incorrectly and the seeds grow mold, the bird will be poisoned.


Jul 21, 2010
Parrot feathers with black spots
by: Tracie

This is a sign of stress. You need to take your bird to an avian vet, to make sure there is not a health problem. Also, you need to get your bird on a healthy pellet diet, if that is possible in South Africa.

You can look for an avian vet on our Find an Avian Vet page. And please read our Switching Birds to Pellets article.

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