Red Bellied Parrot has white area on lower mandible

Red Bellied Parrot

Red Bellied Parrot

Red Bellied Parrot
Red Bellied Parrot with white on beak

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?

Thanks.

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Feb 27, 2013
Thanks Dr. B
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We feed her a diet of Harrison's, supplemented with fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, nuts and some treats. We'll certainly proceed with her Veterinary visit, and will post the results on this website.

Thank you again for your response to our inquiry.

Feb 27, 2013
Parrot with white on beak
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, you should have this looked at. It may be of minor concern, but be safe and have it looked at. It may simply be an aging change. It may also be a nutritional issue.

Be sure to feed a good pellet diet, with no artificial colors, sugar (sucrose), preservatives, etc. Harrison's is the best. Roudybush is acceptable.

Other differentials include those you have mentioned, but mites are very rare, fugues can do this, but does not sound like it to me, and there are others, but I don't think it is too serious. Please let me know what the veterinarian finds.

Dr B

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