Double Yellow Headed Amazon

by Amanda
(Washington, USA)

I've noticed in the last few days that my parrot is getting a yellow look on the underside of his tongue. I've never noticed this happen before. There is nothing else that seems different or off about him. Is this normal? Is this showing some form of vitamin deficiency? Should I be concerned? Should I seek help from an avian vet? Thank you for your help.

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Dec 06, 2010
Bird with color change on tongue
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, this could be a medical condition. You should take him to see an avian veterinarian. If your bird is not on pellets, Harrison's, then it could be vitamin deficiency.

Dr B

Dec 04, 2010
Double Yellow Headed Amazon
by: Linda

Unfortunately, this is NOT normal, but not sure what could be causing it. Sometimes the tongue becomes colored the color of some kind of food with dye in it, but that would be the entire tongue.

I'd say that a trip to the Avian Vet may be a great idea. If it has been over a year since your last visit, then it is time to take him in for an exam including bloodwork to see if there are problems with kidneys, liver, thyroid/parathyroid as well as a CBC to check for general blood/body condition. Have him checked for bacterial/viral infections as well.

As I say, this is not normal and just because he seems okay now does not mean anything more than this is the beginnng of something that will worsen with time.

If he were my bird, and I have two Amazons, I'd take him to an Avian Vet and have him thoroughly checked out. Vitamin deficiencies can cause odd things to happen to birds as well, so make sure he is eating high quality organic pellets, and Harrisons is Avian Vet endorsed as well as customer endorsed. I've been feeding it to mine for going on 20 years, and they stay in good health with nice skin and colorful feathers.

Here is a link on how to go about making change from seeds to pellets. If you are feeding pellets and are feeding some that have dyes, preservatives, etc. in them, then bird needs to be changed over to the organic. With the Harrisons, you don't need to give vitamin or mineral supplements as the food is cold extruded instead of using heat. Heat destroys 50% or more of needed vitamins and minerals, and most commercial bird, dog and cat foods are heat extruded. Harrison's special cold extrusion method keeps the needed nutrients in the food and then in the bird.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Make no changes in diet until bird has been examined by an Avian Vet.


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