Do conures get pimples/blemishes?

by Jaime
(Bayonne, NJ)

I have 4 conures, my youngest one is a Nan-Gen, she's only 6 months old...and I just noticed today has what looks like a blemish just under her right eye. I have never seen anything like this on my others before and so I was looking up online what it could be and came across all things from an ingrown feather to bird mites.

If it were mites it doesn't look like any of the pictures I saw as it's only one mark that very much appears to be a blemish, w/a tiny white head. Plus my other three don't have any of these marks... And as for an ingrown feather I'm not sure either since the mark is pretty much mid way between the eye and the edge where her feathers get thick, just in the middle there on the white skin. So I'm just wondering if anyone knows do birds get blemishes and pimples at all? Or should I be worried?

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Nov 09, 2009
Mites are rare in large birds
by: The Vet

I have never, in all of my 31 years handling birds seen a large parrot with mites. Budgies are the only species that I have seen with mites. I recommend that you have this examined by an avian veterinarian. I do not know what it is. It could be normal pigmentation, or it could be something that should not be there. Hybrids will often have abnormal coloration that is not typical of pure breed species.

Dr. B

Nov 07, 2009
by: Linda

Well, birds do not get pimples as far as I know--have never seen one on a bird. This could be an ingrown feather, infection or a fatty tumor. To be sure, I'd take bird to Avian vet where they take a draw of what is inside, look at it under microscope and then have a good idea of what it is.

Sometimes fatty tumors form on various parts of the body of a parrot because it is overweight and starting to form fat pockets which is very unhealthy. My male Amazon has one under his eye, and it will not go away and is too dangerous to remove as it is so close to eye. My Amazons eat Harrisons Pelleted diet plus their Birdy Bread Mix, and they were eating too much of both for a while, so we had to cut them back some on everything. His tumor is not likely to get any larger, so we are just keeping an eye on it.

I'm not saying that's what's wrong with your bird, and I would take him to the Avian vet so you can find out for sure. It could be an infection, so you don't want to just ignore it as it could get very much worse.

Hope this helps you!

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