Bald Spots under feathers

by Becky
(Boston, MA)

I have an Indian Ringnecked Parakeet that has small bald spots on each shoulder (not even visible unless you push feathers aside) and also under his wings. The skin does not appear irritated and I have not seen him picking at it. I do not believe he is plucking as he never has in his 12 years and he has several hours of interaction every day. Otherwise he seems totally fine. He is eating well and seems his normal happy self. Is this worth taking him to the vet over?

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Oct 10, 2011
Bald spots under bird feathers
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, you should have him seen by an avian veterinarian. Bird?s should be taken in annually for check ups and vaccinations. It may be that the bare spots you see are normal. Bird do have these bare spots only visible when feathers are moved or wet. If you have not noticed bare spots before, then this could be a new development, hence the requirement for a vet visit.

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Oct 09, 2011
Bald spot on my Hahns Macaws wing
by: Kim Norton

My bird has a bald spot on her left wing. It looked like it was getting better for a while and I thought maybe it was just where she had plucked a few feathers and they would come back in but they haven't. What would cause this and should I take her to the vet?

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