Black hard scabs or bumps on lovebirds wings

I had this lovebird a long time ago, and he had these bumps or scabs that would form on his wings. They were usually large and hard and had a certain smell to them. The odd time he would pick them off and his wing would bleed a little where the scab or lump came off.

He has now since passed away and the vet I went to was not able to tell me what they were. I was just wondering if anyone here knew the answer or knew what it was. I feel a little responsible for his death and I've been curious to know what it was and if there was any way for me to prevent it. Like, if it was something I did.

I have another lovebird that I've had for almost 9 years and she is absolutely perfect and fine.

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Nov 02, 2011
Black scabs on bird wings
by: The Avian Vet

This could be a dermatitis, polyfolliculitis, PBFD, or self mutilation. A necropsy could help determine the cause and the cause of death.

Dr B

Nov 01, 2011
Black hard scabs or bumps on lovebirds wings
by: Linda

What actually killed your other bird is hard to say though there are a couple of contributing factors. One, Always take birds only to an Avian Vet because they are the only kind of vet who can diagnose a bird's problem and give it the correct amount and kind of medicine.

The other factor here, is that you need to know how to recognize an infected wound before the infection kills your bird. The smell you mentioned was what an infected wound or tumor smells like. If you took your bird to a regular dog and cat vet, they are not even licensed to diagnose and treat birds, so they did nothing and could also tell you nothing about cause of death because they know nothing about birds.

Your new bird needs to have an Avian Vet in your area for when he is sick or injured. Signs of illness are being tired all the time, not eating as much as normal, not making noise, having poop stuck to butt. Signs of injury are cuts or scrapes, possible broken bones or flying headfirst into a wall, window or mirror. We recommend yearly visits to the Avian Vet to find infections or other problems before they are so bad bird dies from them. I highly recommend this for you. Though I am not an Avian Vet, I've had birds for most of my life, and know the value of a high quality diet and trips to Avian Vet when needed.

Thanks for writing and good luck with the bird you have now,

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