Pink around eye of Mitred Conure

by Mortachai
(South Gate, CA)

I just purchased a Mitred Conure from a local pet store. She seemed very healthy and still does. I see no lack of appetite or playfulness. But there is a strange thing I noticed. The White skin around one eye has a tiny pink spot. Is that of concern?

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Jan 29, 2011
Pink around bird's eye
by: The Avian Vet

It is enough of a concern that you should have it looked at by an avian veterinarian. If you use a full spectrum light, then it may be a ?sun burn?. If not, it could be a small injury from playing with her toys. It may be an infection or just a skin blemish. You should have it looked at.

Birds should visit a veterinarian annually for check ups and vaccines any way. And since she is a new purchase, she especially should go. You cannot just look at a bird to determine if they are completely healthy. They need veterinary care, too.

Dr B
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Jan 29, 2011
Pink around eye of Mitred Conure
by: Linda

This could be from an injury while at the pet store and unless it gets larger or looks inflamed, I would not worry about it too much.

You do however need to take this bird to an Avian Vet in your driving area. Most birds bought from pet stores are already either sick so you can see it or incubating an infection from being put in with so many other birds. We recommend all new birds be taken to Avian Vet within the first few days to a week to be examined for any infections, and the vet could look at this spot while you are there. The thinking behind taking bird to vet within the first 48 hours is if found to be sick, the Pet Store becomes liable for vet bill because this means bird was infected while in the store. If you wait for a week or more, they will say bird got sick in your care and be done with you.

So, take your bird in for an examination by a licensed and trained Avian Vet to make sure he is healthy as he appears to be. Birds hide their illnesses because a sick or injured bird in the wild is a dead bird walking as that is how wild flocks get rid of the ones who will bring predators. Parrots are and always will be exotic wild animals, and much of their behaviors are derived from their wild ancestors.

Thanks for writing and congrats on your new and precious friend,


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