Lovebird Developed a Bump on Face Next To Beak

Lovebird with bump on face

Lovebird with bump on face

Our Peach-Faced Lovebird had developed a pronounced bump on his face just to the side of the upper part of his beak and below his eye. In the area where this bump developed, we had noticed for a long time that the area of feathers in that spot had turned partially white, looked like he had a small white spot on his face.

He is otherwise in good health, appetite, behavior, and activity level all seem normal. He must find it irritating as it appears that he is rubbing it on his perch sticks as some days it seems more irritated than others. We are attaching a photo to help you understand what we are describing.

We live in the northeast and it is winter...if possible we would like to avoid having to take him to the vet right now and risk him getting a chill during the transportation process. We would greatly appreciate whatever information you can share with us based on our description and photo. Many thanks!

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Feb 01, 2010
Lovebird with bump
by: The Avian Vet

The cold is not going to be a threat to you bird. You need to have him seen as soon as possible. This could be an abscess or a sinus infection and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Dr B

Jan 30, 2010
Lovebird Developed a Bump on Face Next To Beak
by: Linda

Considering the size of this bump, it may be a fast growing tumor and needs the assistance of an Avian Vet in your area. If it is irritated, it may also mean it is infected, and your bird will get worse instead of better until he is diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet.

Birds can be taken out in winter, and there are certain precautions you must take to make sure they are NOT chilled. First, get the car warmed up before the trip and then cover cage entirely with a blanket or flannel sheet. Once in the car where it is warm, uncover the front of his cage so he can get air.

Once you've arrived at the vet's offices, cover the cage completely again for the short walk into the building where it is warm. Do all this in reverse for the trip home, and your bird should be fine. We've had to do this on occasion with our Amazons, and so long as car is warm and cage is covered to and from car and vet's offices, we've never had a problem with chilling.

Sometimes bird's develop fatty tumors from eating too much seed and/or table food in their diet. Most of these DO NOT cause any pain or irritation and do not go away either. In this case, this sounds like something else considering the size and irritation level it is producing with bird.

If you bird is not already on an organic, high quality pelleted diet, then now is the time to get started on the change over. I'll enclose an article written by an Avian Vet on how to go about it, and Tracie carries several types of the organic pellets out here. I'm saying organic because the cheaper kinds are full of preservatives, dyes and possibly pesticide residue as well. The organics are a little higher, and with your small bird should not break the bank. Here is the article:

It is strongly suggested you take your bird into see the Avian Vet soon as you can safely get there as we don't advocate any home remedies or over the counter drugs as these can make matters worse and not better. When you bird is sick or injured always take him to an Avian Vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Rule of thumb is NO MEDS WITHOUT AN AVIAN VET'S PRESCRIPTION. Even the stuff in pet stores will hurt your bird and most likely NOT help a bit.

Let us know what vet has to say about this lump as your information can help other people with a similar problem. Thank You for Writing!


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