Caique - Black Rings around eyes

by Thomas

White Bellied Caique

White Bellied Caique

Hi - Firstly, thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my question.

I have a 1 and a half year old white bellied caique; when I first got him, the skin around his eyes was white-ish in color. Only recently, he developed a dark circle around both eyes (kind of looks like a racoon)! The skin has pretty much turned dark grey.

I do not know if it is in connection to sun exposure, or maybe a lack of something in his diet. Please help!!!

Thank you,

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Aug 07, 2010
by: Thomas

Thank you for your answer - it appears that it was most likely due to exposure to sunlight, as I used to go for walks outside with him on my shoulder (in the sun) - I stopped it for around a month, and now he seems to be better (i.e. the pigmentation has gone down a lot)

Thanks again for the help!

Jun 25, 2010
Caique eye rings
by: The Avian Vet

I need to examine your bird to give you a definitive diagnosis, but this could be normal pigmentation since it is around both eyes. It may also be due to exposure to UV light, if you have a full spectrum light on the cage. If so, the light is probably too close to the bird. It needs to be at least 18 inches away.

Dr B

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