Cockatiel has large blood blister on wing

by Dianne W
(Oakdale, MN)

Cockatiel with blister

Cockatiel with blister

We adopted this cockatiel about 4 years ago, and at that time they thought he was about 12 years old. A few years ago he developed this little bump/blister on his wing. I think it may have been the result of a mild wing injury. At the time, it was about 80% smaller than it is now in the picture.

I just noticed today how large it has gotten. It is about 1/2 inch wide. I don't know how long it has been this large, but it seems to be bothering him more as it is more sensitive to him. I don't know what it is, or what to do about it. We have 3 other cockatiels as well and they all are together. He does not fly, he just kind of flutters to the ground.

I am on a limited income and cannot afford to take him to a vet, as I would expect the bill to be in excess of $100. Do you know what this is and have any ideas of what I can do for him?

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Dec 28, 2013
My bird has this too
by: Anonymous

Hi I was wondering if you ever got an answer as my bird has this too. He is 15 years old now and after bringing him to the vets I was told it was a wart an to leave it as it wasn't bothering him. I'm not 100% sure as I don't want to just leave him with it I do think it is a feather cyst an not a wart. Can anyone tell me what the usual way to deal with these is? He got very stressed at the vets an she warned me of heart attacks than can happen so I don't want to bring the old fella back until I no what he needs an that it's 100% needed. Any advice is welcome.. Thank you

Mar 20, 2013
blood blister
by: Anonymous

my bird a cockatiel has a bump under her wing the bird store said if it don't bother her leave it alone. Over a year later she started to pop it and it was bleeding it is now a hole there not bleeding anymore. She is playing and eating will take her to the vet but what can I do for now we are leaving for vacation tomorrow.

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You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Nov 30, 2011
cockatiel large lump on arse
by: Anonymous

my cockatiel has alump on its arse and it smells what can i do with it

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You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Oct 05, 2010
Large Lump Under Wing
by: Jan

I brought my cockatiel to the vet on Monday and he aspirated the lump which turned out to be a feather cyst. She is home not feeling herself yet and I have a followup visit on 10/11. This was only a temporary fix because it can and will eventually come back unless I opt for surgery which I will discuss on my next visit.

Sep 07, 2010
Large Lump under Wing
by: Jan

A couple of years ago my cockatiel underwent surgery to remove a feather cyst by an avian vet. Needless to say it is back. It doesn't seem to bother him so I am letting him be. It was tramatic for the bird and myself let alone the cost of $1500.00. Yesterday I noticed my female now has a lump underneath her wing. I am planning on taking her to the vet this week (a new avian vet)to see what is wrong. Will post an update.

Aug 13, 2010
Bird with Blood Blister/Lump
by: Lisa W

Quite simply, it sounds like you care, but should you really own any pet if you can't afford them to be treated if they fall ill?

It only costs a small amount for pet insurance. Failing that, there are animal rescue/welfare treatment centres who might be able to see your bird for free or for a nominal charge.

what you can't/mustn't do is do nothing or try to treat it yourself. Your bird must obviously be in pain with this if it just 'flutters to the ground'. I am distressed to know you left a known problem for so long and for it to worsen.

Take it to a treatment centre/vet or if you want to make excuses why you can't - then you shouldnt own a pet and should give it away to rescue centre entirely - so it can find an owner that can afford to look after its welfare properly.

Lisa W

Aug 13, 2010
by: Terrey

No. You cannot drain these with a hypodermic needle. Avian cysts are not like mammalian cysts. They form in Joints and often push the bones out of location. If they are not properly splinted, opened, and managed, your bird will never fly properly again.

Also, avian cysts are solid, not liquid. You will need to go to a vet, or hope that eventually the cyst will break surface and fall out, as they generally do... However, it it is in the joint, or is accompanied by irregularities in your bird's breathing, or odd behavior, you need to go to a vet right away, as your bird can easily be permanently injured, develop secondary infections, and die of pneumonia or cystis.

After this occurred in my 13 year old hermaphrodite cinnamon cockatiel, "she" never flew again, and died quietly in her sleep less than a year later.

Apr 26, 2010
Update on cyst under wing
by: Jan

I had my cockatiels cyst lanced under her wing almost three weeks ago. She has been on antibiotics the whole time. Three days after, the cyst started growing is huge. The Winter Park Vet wants another $65 to bring her back plus whatever elese they do to her. Last time it was $150. Does anyone know if I could just drain it with a hypodermic needle I use to give my diabetic cat his shots? I feel so sad for her.

Editor's note: You need to post your question as a new question at so that others will read it and answer. Dr B already suggested that this needs to only be cared for by a vet though.

Apr 08, 2010
Cyst under wing pit
by: Jan

I just returned from the vet with my Cockatiel with a similar issue. I found her eight years ago with a broken wing which was never fixed. Lately I notices she was holding that wing out further. When I was misting her with water she held her wings out and I was shocked to see what looked like a egg stuck in her arm (wing) pit, which turned out to be a cyst. It was filled with clear liquid, which the vet lanced and drained. They didn't bother sending to the lab as it would be added expense. If it was cancerous I wouldn't put the bird through surgery anyway. Anyway, they can't guarantee it won't come back. I have to give her liquid oral antibiotics twice a day for three weeks.(Baytril) Good luck with your bird.

Mar 27, 2010
by: Anonymous

i think you should ask the vet if this blood blister is serious or not.

Feb 01, 2010
Cockatiel with blister
by: The Avian Vet

This is not something that can be treated at home. It could be a few different things, but it looks like either a hematoma (a blood filled blister) or a cancerous growth. I suspect that it is painful. Also, if it is a hematoma, it is possible that an injury to this area could result in profuse bleeding. You at least need to have him seen to get a diagnosis and find out what treatment is needed.

I feel like the doctor could work with you on charges, and there is even a charge account available to pet owners that will help finance the bill if needed. It is called Care Credit, and your doctor may accept that as a form of payment. It may turn out that it costs much less than you think.

Dr B

Jan 30, 2010
Cockatiel with blister on it's wing
by: Tracie

The problem is, nobody can tell you what it is. An avian vet will draw fluid from the blister, and the test results will tell you if it is serious or not.

Jan 29, 2010
response to Tracy
by: Dianne

Can anyone tell me what they think it is by looking at the picture? I would just like to know WHAT it is so I can decide how to proceed. I looked at the links you provided, and they didn't really help me that much. Thanks for any information you can provide.

Jan 29, 2010
Cockatiel with blister on wing
by: Tracie

Dr B can not help with this, because he would need to examine your bird in person and run tests before prescribing anything. Also, he can not prescribe over the Internet. There are not any home remedies, a visit to an avian vet is the only way for your bird to get help. Many vets will take payments, you might ask about that.

Here are some links to other similar posts that Dr B has answered:

Budgie with ump under wing

Bird with suspected tumor

African grey with lump in neck

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