My mini macaw has a bare belly, what's wrong?

by Gigi
(Utica, NY usa)

My mini macaw's belly has a bare patch is something wrong? I have owned him for about six months now and he seems to act fine a bit grumpy at times but I chalked that up to his adjustment to a new environment.

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Mar 09, 2012
mini macaw
by: Anonymous

I would suggest taking your bird to anavian vet to rule out serious illness. Find an Avian Vet

However, Since you've only had the bird for apprx 6 months, I'd say he is plucking from the stress of the move. Or something in the home that scares him.

One of my birds after 5-6 months began plucking, I took her to the vet, she was in perfect health. However the vet asked several questions abt my birds daily life, and the people who interact with her and how much time they spend with her.

The vet said her problem was plucking, most likely due to the lack of attn she was getting from the "bonded human". Causing her anxiety. I had bought her for a therapy companion for myself, however she did not bond with me. She bonded to the adult male in the home. Who worked all the time, and could not devote his time to her.

He also stated that another reason for her plucking was she spent the first 3 yrs of life at an aviary, and that she was all she knew. Being in a home, away from the 50 other birds could be causing anxiety as well. As she was now the only bird.

My vet then advised me to make a choice. Telling me to do what was best for the bird, not for me. Telling me to either take her back, where she feels secure, or find another adult male who has time for her. He felt it was wrong for me to keep her if she was genuinely not happy. Could lead to mutalation, and serious behavior issues, possibly health issues.

I found her a new home with an adult male who HAD the time for her. She's doing wonderfully. She's still got a bit of anxiety still from being away from the aviary, however she's making great progress and growing back her feathers.

Birds are sensitive animals. Any number of things can be wrong and your bird is trying to tell you. Only an Avian Vet can give you the answers you need for the happiness of the animal.

Since then, I have gotten another bird as my therapy companion, and she doing extremly well here. I bought her at 5 months old. As my vet suggested to do if I got another one. Simply bc they will adjust much easier, and quicker with little stress. He also suggested since the bird was for my company, I should be the main person to interact with her (if it turned out to be female too), to prevent her from bonding with the adult male in the home, and the same thing happening all over again.

Please find an AVIAN VET. As they specialize in only birds. They have extensive knowlege of these delicate creatures, and thier behaviors.

A dog & cat vet would only make guesses as to what is wrong. There is a huge difference btwn types of vets.

Good luck! I hope your vet can assess whats wrong once you get him seen by a vet.

Mar 08, 2012
Macaw with bare belly
by: Tracie

You need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to determine why it has a bare belly. Either it has a feather disease, or it is plucking for some reason.

Some birds pluck a spot because there is something under the skin that is bugging it. It may be an infection, a tumor or something else.

Please read our Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by an avian vet.

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