black spots around nostrils

by Vic

Hi I have a cockatiel that has black spots around her nostrils which come aqnd go. In herself she seems fine and eating well etc. But the last time she got a bloack spot next bto her beak it seemed to deform the beak a bit and now where thr black spot has been the beak seems to be flakey and looks like a scale. On the front of her beak she also seems to have a bit of a small hole appearing.

These black spots come and go usualy lasting up to 3 weeks. They look like a seed that is stick to the membrane surrounding the nostril which gets bigger then drops off.
Would you have any idea of what it could be?

Bendigo Victoria, Australia

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Sep 26, 2010
Black spots on bird
by: The Avian Vet

I do not know what this is. However, I would think that mites are possibility, maybe a nutritional issue, but in any case, you need to have your bird looked at by an avian veterinarian. Take her in when you see the black spots appear and don?t wait until after they are gone.

Dr B

Sep 25, 2010
black spots around nostrils
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie said, you need to find an Avian vet in your driving area right away because this could very well be a parasite of some sort, or some other kind of thing that is eating your bird's beak. Once the beak is weakened enough with holes here and there, it can easily break off, and this is going to become a major problem.

There is a link on this site for help in finding an Avian Vet if you don't know of one close by. Find an Avian Vet Be willing to drive a ways too because you cannot take bird to regular dog and cat vet as they are not licensed or trained to diagnose and treat problems with birds. They don't understand how to diagnose, and they most assuredly do not know how to give the correct dosage of medicines. Birds have no fat and hollow bones, so any excess medicine go directly into the kidneys and liver to be processed sometimes with disastrous results for the bird.

When you are at the vet, explain everything in detail, and taking bird in when these black spots are present would be ideal. Don't wait though if they are all gone, because there is a process going on here that will show up when the correct tests are run. Allow them to do basic bloodwork and take some of the black stuff to look at under a microscope. The bloodwork is to make sure all is well or not with organs, so don't omit it.

Let us know what is found when you can as this sounds like a unique problem, though it may be more common in Australia than here which is why it sounds unique to me.

Good Luck and God Bless,

Sep 25, 2010
Black spots coming and going on bird
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but please start looking for a good avian vet that you can take your bird to. I feel confident that Dr B will advise you to have the bird checked in person.

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