Bald spot on the back of my Green-Cheeked Amazon's head

by Ashley

Hello there, and thank you for taking the time to read and answer my question.

I have a 7 year old Green-Cheeked Amazon who has never once had a plucking problem or anything of the sort. A few weeks ago, I noticed he had a patch on the back of his head and neck that was just down feathers; none of the usual feathers had grown back after his last molt.

I disregarded it at first, thinking he was just looking a little ratty because it was a bad molt, but the feathers have yet to grow back. This has me worried, because I know that birds don't show illness unless they're VERY sick, and I'm not sure if these feathers not growing back is a sign that he has some sort of illness that's preventing the process.

I've examined the area myself, and his skin appears normal and healthy looking. The area doesn't seem to hurt him either; it just looks really abnormal. If I look close enough, I can actually see a couple of little empty holes where the pin-feathers would normally be growing out of. As I said, my bird has never had a problem with feather plucking before, and the only thing I can think of that might have caused him some stress is my leaving for college for the first time in August. My parents take good care of him while I'm away, and assure me they pay lots of attention to him to make up for me being gone so often. I visit home every weekend and on breaks, but I fear that my absence is beginning to take its toll on my pet.

What do you think? Could my bird be sick without me knowing, or has he been plucking while I've been away? This is a really bizarre finding for him, since he's never had a bald patch anywhere on him before. Please let me know if you think its serious or if you think I should have him looked at.

I appreciate any insight you might have to this problem.

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Jan 05, 2011
Amazon with bald spot
by: Tracie

Thanks for writing! Dr B can not help, because he can't examine your bird. It is safe to say, however, that your bird can NOT pluck the back of it's head. This means that there is something internally wrong with your bird.

The only way to determine what is wrong, and get the exact treatment to help your bird get better, is to take your bird to an avian vet. Birds should see an avian vet once a year anyway for an exam and vaccine, so maybe now is a good time to go.

If you don't have an avian vet, you can look for one on our Find an Avian Vet page. The ones listed have been recommended by our readers, but there are also links at the top of the page where you can so a search too.

Let us know what you find out, it might help the next person with this problem.

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