Red Bellied Parrot has white area on lower mandible
Red Bellied Parrot
My wife and I own a feisty and adorable red bellied parrot, who's been with us since she was 2 months old and just turned 19 this month. Over the last few years, we've noticed that her lower mandible has grown in with some white/pale areas or striations, particularly on the left side.
Slivers of her upper and lower mandibles occasionally flake off, which we understand to be consistent with normal beak growth. However, my wife believes that the whitish areas of her lower mandible may be softer in texture/composition than the black portions. Trying to find parrot health information on the internet is perilous at best, and we want to ensure that she has no mites, fungus or other health issue affecting her lower beak. Her behavior and appetite are completely normal, and she appears to have no difficulty whatsoever in using her beak. Nevertheless, we've made an appointment for her to see the local avian vet. Have you observed this phenomenon in other red bellied parrots, or are we right to be concerned and to investigate?