Nostril Growth on 21 year old cockatiel fell off tonight.

by Terri
(Doylestown, PA)

my baby scruffy. (21 year old baby)

my baby scruffy. (21 year old baby)

My cockatiel is about 21 years old, and over time has developed a growth on his left nostril. In the past month, it has grown a bit, but the bird has not shown any signs of discomfort. Tonight, the growth fell off, leaving what looks like a gaping hole where the nostril should be.

Even still, the bird does not appear to be in any pain or discomfort and is going about his normal activities.

I have attached a picture of what he looks like, which I took right after the growth fell off.

Is this life threatening? What signs should I look for that should cause me to worry?

Thank you.

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Aug 12, 2011
Growth on cockatiel
by: The Avian Vet

This could be life threatening and you need to have it looked at immediately. This could be caused by nutritional deficiencies or imbalance, aspergillus fungal disease, chronic rhinitis or sinusitis as well as other possibilities. Birds need to be seen annually for check ups so conditions such as this do not become chronic.

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Aug 11, 2011
Take you bird to the vet!
by: Anonymous

You need to take your bird to the vet immeadiately!

Aug 11, 2011
Growth on cockatiel
by: Anonymous

The reason why your bird has been "acting" normal all this time is because thats what birds do in the wild. If they show signs of discomfort or illness, naturally the bird will be abandoned from his flock left to die or killed by his own flock to save them all from predation. It is only natural instinct that a bird hides its weaknesses and remains stoic. Your bird has probably been in quite discomfort all this time and probably in great pain, has had trouble breathing, and is now more than likely going to develop infection in the wound that may be the death of him. So PLEASE bring your poor painful bird to an avian vet RIGHT AWAY or you will regret the day where he cannot hide his pain and illness anymore. It will be too late. Sorry to be harsh but I work for a veterinarian that treats birds and i cringe at the types of growths and injuries people wait on with their poor birds before finally deciding to bring them to the vet. It is sad.

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