Black Tipped Feathers on My Half Moon Conure

by MaryLu Rogers
(Bakersfield, CA)

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charming Melon!

My Half Moon Conure has black-tipped feathers. I've talked to her vet and to the breeder I bought her from and they both say that this usually indicates poor nutrition. However, she eats primarily pellet,some fruits and vegys, legums and seed and millet treats. She also occasionally eats what I'm eating (eggs, chicken, pasta, bits of cheese and yogurt.

After reading some material yesterday, I discovered that she isn't getting enough sunlight. I've just ordered a full-spectrum avian light. Could this be the problem for her black tipped feathers or should I go ahead and put out the bucks (gulp) for blood tests?

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Apr 22, 2009
Black tipped feathers on bird
by: The Vet

The kind of pellet can make a difference. Colored pellets are never good. The amount of pellets is also important. For example, if you are giving pellets and other foods, and she eats only 50% or less in pellets, then she can still show nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. In addition, nutritional problems can be manifested in situations of the lack of UV light.

From the picture, I think there is a nutritional component, but other factors may be involved. Too low humidity can contribute to this. Fungal infections can do it too. Some many other things. Try the light, improve the diet (if necessary) and wait through the next molt, if she is ok otherwise. Then, if there is not improvement, do the tests.

Dr B

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