Half moon conure losing orange feathers above nare

by Ridley Johnson
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

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I have a 17 year old half moon conure in generally good health. He's in the middle of his spring molting and we just noticed that nearly all the orange feathers just above his nare and below the blue half moon are almost all gone. He's had no change in his diet or activity. Is this normal? Thanks

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May 25, 2009
Half Moon losing orange feathers
by: The Vet

What I see in the picture is not molting. You need to have this looked at more closely by an avian veterinarian. This can be caused by infection, or maybe trauma.

Dr B

May 23, 2009
Half Moon Conure
by: Linda

Wow, do I ever love these little guys. They look like a very tiny Macaw, and are some of the sweetest of the Conure family! That said, his molt should be over now, so it may be a good idea to take him to an avian vet to check for possible parasites of the mite variety and/or other infections/problems.

I think, considering his age, it would not hurt to take him in and have tests run for bacterial/fungal infections. I take my Amazons in at least once a year for a general checkup and weight. They are in their 30's, and for older birds, yours included, this is a way to find and treat problems before they get out of hand.

He is a pretty little bird, and I know you must love him to pieces! Please consult with an avian vet to make sure this is a molt and not a parasite before he loses too many more feathers.


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