indian ring neck getting dark around his eyes

by Duncan McMullan

hello I have a Indian ring neck who seems to be getting dark around his eyes. he seems healthy except that he has lost some feathers in one spot on his neck. he is not tame so really hard to get a close look at him . his skin does appear scaley from what I can see. any advice would be appreciated thank you Duncan

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Dec 13, 2016
Healthy diet?
by: Anonymous

Duncan, Know where you are at. I have more than 24 ringneck parrots. I feed them a good quality seed mix daily as their standard diet and each day give them fruit or veggies as well- i.e. Carrots, corn, mango, apples etc. I also give them Linseed bread and/ or scotch finger buscuits as a treat. Never feed them pellets, as I was told by a broader once not to do so as they are not natural and just commercial food. My birds are healthy and breed every year. They never need supplements as they get a variety in their food. This year I had 8 healthy hatchlings from three moms. So, I think this food issue may be a matter of preference, but where I am at is that there is nothing better than natural food with variety. Not a fan of pellets at all!

Dec 11, 2012
Bird getting dark around the eyes
by: The Avian Vet

The scaly skin may be dry skin from low humidity. Missing feathers may be caused by scratching itchy skin. The darkness around the eyes can come from maturity, or maybe from exposure to uv light like getting a tan. It is worth catching him and taking him in to be seen. The advantages of medical treatment far out weigh the stress of handling.

Dr B
Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Dec 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

As for the other people trying to help thank you very much for your advice I appreciate it and have booked my birds into a avian vet

Dec 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

Duncan, there is no need for sarcasm. We are trying to help you, and instead of acceoting that you may need to make small changes, you go on the defensive.

In the U.K. we have a saying "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit."

We are not stating that you area bad owner, it is just that veggies, nuts and seeds should be given in moderation (20% of diets). It doesn't matter what part of the world you live in.

We are not trying to caue offence, intead we are trying to help yuo and your bird spend as many happy years together as possible.

Pellets are the best food for making sure your bird gets the best all round nutrition.

Don't get upset, as again we are not claiming you are a bad owner. (SIDE NOTE)And I don't appreciate rudeness and sarcasm. I find sarcasm rude at times, and your statement came across rude to me.

Dec 09, 2012
by: Anonymous

I will book him in for a massage and yoga aswel. maybe in your countries there diet isn't adequate but in Australia we have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit my birds live like Kings

Dec 09, 2012
by: Anonymous

Parrots should have 80% healthy pellets 20% healthy treats such as vegetables, nuts and seeds.

The amount of seeds and nuts you are providing is NOT an adequate diet.

Dec 08, 2012
by: Anonymous

as I said my birds get seed fresh vegetables and fruit daily plus lots of nuts . a more than adequate diet ! My sun conure has lived on this diet for years and is very healthy.
I understand what your saying but think my fresh food diet is more natural and far above and beyond anything they will find in the wild. I will include some Harrison's pellets to the diet aswel can't hurt. I can purchase them in Australia.

I'm hoping the darkening around the eyes is just more colouring coming out as he has a black line on his forehead.
my ringneck has his own very large cage but won't go in it he would rather live in the nesting box with my sunconure . he is very cramped in there so I feel and think this maybe how he might have lost the feathers and plus the conure loves to preen him maybe to excess ? my birds come out the cage for several hours an evening and occasionally do crash into things in the excitement of flying around . maybe this is how feathers were lost ?
its just turned summer here in Australia and the birds are starting to moult so should be easier to diagnose any skin condition he might have .

I will take to a avian vet tomorrow for a full check up anyways.

thanks for your comments and please excuse my grammar as I'm doing this from my smart phone

Dec 08, 2012
by: Alex

Duncan, I forgot to mention. Scroll down the page and on the left hand side of this page you will see "find an avian vet". Click the link, then scroll down near the bottom to Australia and see if any of those vets are within a reasonable distance to you.

Dec 08, 2012
by: Alex (UK)

(Sorry for any spelling mistakes i was typing very quickly.)

Duncan, you stated to Linda that you don't feel that your bird's condition is dietary because he on on a good seed diet.

As Linda explained, seeds regardless of what type, are very deficient in hat the bird actually needs, and this is a widespread problem with people thinking this is all they need.

Seeds are high in fat and most birds have a shortened lifespan (by about half sometimes) and can end up becoming bariatric and develop fatty liver disease which can be fatal.

Use the link belo to order the pellets from. I did a little research pon the avliability in Australia

Then click on "order here" on the right hand side.

They are more expensive than seeds, but will last longer, making the price better. Just make sure you pick the right size for your bird.

My 2 budgies take ages to get through a 1lb bag.

It may take a while, but just follow the instructions in the link Linda gave you and remain persistant. The pellets will last some time left in the cage, and so can become more familiar to your bird.

Alos, make sure you make an avian vet appointment.

Good luck.

Dec 08, 2012
IRN missing feathers
by: Tracie

Dr B will hopefully answer this soon. Missing feathers along with the change in color concern me. Feathers don't go missing for no reason.

Dec 08, 2012
by: duncan

thank you Linda for your comments.
In regards to diet I definitely doubt this is the cause as my birds live on a good range of different seeds prepared buy a breeder . They also get fresh pea's and corn daily with two different fruits throughout the day. They definitely eat better than me ! I probably feed them to many almonds tho.

shamrock my Indian ringneck doesn't appear sick except for some lost feathers on one side of his neck but can't see the skin and the for mentioned darkening around his eyes. the eyes themselves look fine !
I really don't think it's anything serious but think I should take my birds for a check up anyway

Dec 08, 2012
indian ring neck getting dark around his eyes
by: Linda

If you have not already taken him to an Avian Vet to be checked for infections or other physical issues, do so now. No one on the internet can tell you what is wrong with your bird, because they have to be examined in person and certain tests done to find out what is wrong. Your bird's skin is an indication that something is very wrong and whether it's just dry skin from improper diet or an infection will have to be looked into by an Avian Vet in your area. What is happening is not normal, so you will need to take him to only an avian vet. Dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will take your money and do nothing except make matters worse.

Once he has been throughly examined by an avian vet, then consider diet. If your bird is eating all seeds with or without vitamin/mineral supplements, he is slowly starving, and skin will show this very well. Parrots need to be eating high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrisons which is 100% nutrition for parrots and made especially for them. It is Avian Vet endorsed here in the States, and if you can get it into your country, you will need to do so. Vitamin supplements do not work with birds because they are synthetics, and birds are not able to digest synthetic material very well. Below is link about how to go about changing from seeds to pellets written by an Avian Vet. Make no changes in diet or anything else until your bird has been seen by an avian vet.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Let us know what avian vet has to say about your bird, and if you need further information.


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