Redish eye ring on black-capped conure

by Shawn
(New York, NY)

Hi. One of my conure's eye rings, which are usually bright white, is slightly red-pink. The eye itself appears to be normal, and the bird does not exhibit any signs of discomfort or discharge, etc. around this eye. His opposite eye and eye ring appear normal. Any ideas what this could be / how to treat it? The bird is roughly 1 1/2 years old. Thanks.

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Jan 21, 2010
Eye ring on conure redish
by: The Avian Vet

This could be a few different things. I recommend that you have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian. This should be done annually anyway with blood work and vaccines. Although, blood work may not be necessary to diagnose the eye problem, it is helpful to establish normal values and screen for potential problems.

This could be an early stage eye infection. It could be trauma, maybe he bumped it on a toy. I have also seen this with full spectrum lights. If they are too close to the bird they can get actual ?sun? burn from the light. IF this is the case, then move the light away from the bird?s cage to at least two feet, but turn it off for a few days to allow the eye lids to heal.

Dr B

Jan 21, 2010
Redish eye ring on black-capped conure
by: Linda

Very glad to hear that you give your birds a good going over frequently as this is the way to catch problems before they get too bad for the birds and too expensive for us.

I'd keep an eye on his eye ring, and it could be that he rubbed it against something and that the redness will go away. If you notice that it does not go away or starts getting worse, then please take him into an Avian Vet in your driving area.

Thanks again for writing and for taking such good care of your little birds--we need many more just like you!!!!


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