Female Eclectus Parrot Orange Feather Discoloration

by Pam Eversole
(Alpharetta, GA)

Our 3-year-old Female Grand Eclectus parrot is beginning to show small patches of feather discoloration: orange on the red areas of her head and neck, a dull olive on her back. We have her under a full-spectrum light. The only recent change is that she has become bored with her pelleted diet, stopped eating and refused to adopt any of the new pellet forms we have offered. Is this a nutritional deficit? What would you suggest as a remedy?

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Nov 30, 2013
color change in ecclectus
by: Anonymous

This is very common in ecclectus parrots. My bird went thru this. It is from the bird eating pelleted food with red dye. It affects their ability reproduce red pigment in the feathers. A simple diary change to a non dyed food (and our guy loooooooves fresh fruits of any kind daily) will stop this happening. So don't worry unless the feathers themselves look ragged and she begins to pluck or destroy her feathers add this is typically a sign of intestinal issues, typically lack of beneficial bacteria (don't give your bird tap water treated with chlorine or chloromine, since these are used to kill bacteria)...give you bird a food high in probiotic enzymes....she'll make a quick and full recovery.

Jun 12, 2012
Eclectus feathers turning orange
by: Tracie

I think the bird changing it's eating habits is the first sign of an illness or disease. The changing of the feathers is a second indication. If your bird has not been seen by an avian vet, this would be your first step in solving the mystery.

Please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to make sure it is healthy and not struggling with something internally.

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