Amazon parrot scratching off feathers above beak
by Mario Quintanilla
Two weaks go I bought an amazon sold to me as a blue crowned amazon parrot. Aftter two days of being in my house he started to scratch above the cere and before the eye. At first it was only a couble of feathers that fell of but nos he has a patch about the size of half a penny where he has scratched of the feathers. I was told it was probably due to the kaytee bird formula getting stuck above these feathers, he was examined and doesent have mites or dry skin, he gets daily misting showers and is eating properly a combination of quality pellets and bird formula.
I have noticed that the color of the feathers (where a red lored would have red) is faded, not bright yellow like in some other parts of his body (cheeks). This has meade me wondered that possibly this bird was dyed. Can dried of baby formula cause this? Am I right to think that he is scratching of this feathers maybe beacuse of an alergic reaction, possibly to the dye? Theres still a couple of months until he gets his first molt, and I'm trying to figure out why he is scratching there, he has bruised of the area enough to bleed a bit, it was cleaned and desinfected.
Your opinion is greatly appreciated,