Gray under birds eye.

Hi, my lovebird is mainly yellow with a pink face. She's what they call an African lovebird. If she's starting to gray under her eye, does that mean she's molting?

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Dec 24, 2009
Grey feathers on lovebird
by: The Vet

This could be normal coloration depending on her age and her color variety. You should have this examined by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Dec 24, 2009
Gray under birds eye.
by: Linda

It could mean a molt is happening. Normally, birds molt at the end of summer and again in spring when weather warms up. My Amazons are losing some of their wing and tail feathers now which hopefully means they are growing in new ones. What you may be seeing is the gray down feathers which are under the colored feathers and provide warmth close to the body.

Keep an eye on her, and if you start to see some little pin feathers which will be the shafts coming in then she is molting. If you do not see any new feathers coming in in a while, you may need to take her to an Avian Vet for a checkup.

Give it some time, because you may also see some of the other feathers coming out with new shafts coming in.

Thanks for writing and have wonderful Holidays with your family,
Linda

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