Sunday Conure bald head, bottom, and legs!

by Crystle
(Bremen, GA)

I have a Sunday Conure. I am not sure of the gender. When I purchased the bird from a breeder, she clipped the wings too short, so when the bird would try to fly from his cage to the floor he would hit his bottom on the floor. He has lost numerous tail feathers, He has a bald bottom and it bleeds sometimes. I woke up 2 days ago and discovered that the whole top of his head was bald. The bird has bald patches on its legs.

The bird acts normal, eats, climbs and plays but does not resemble the bird I purchsed 6 months ago. She is eating the Zupreem fruit pellets that were reccommended by the breeder. My parents bought a Sunday Conure from the same breeder the same day, and their bird looks normal. They are on the same diet. The birds do not reside at the same residence. My mom thinks that the cage is not big enough and the bird could be stressed. That doesn't explain the bald head.

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May 24, 2011
Bald, or Plucking
by: Terrie

I have both conures and Nanadsy....I was advised to mix that cage up as much as possible, toys being swapped back and forth, if you have mulitple the spot of the cage, On a nice day like to today, its 80 no breeze, I will break the cages down so everything disinfected again....they love that. I was told to keep them on zupreem and m vet is a aviary specialist. Harrison is one of the best ones out there. Also watch his diet. My Nanaday he is 6 he is a rescue has been sneeezing, he also appear to have minor seizure. We have discovered it was in the baby food was using to gt extra vitamins.

Good luck

Jun 05, 2010
Conure going bald
by: The Avian Vet

You need to have your bird seen by an avian veterinarian immediately. This could be caused by infection, allergies (especially to the ZuPreem with all of the artificial colors, preservatives, and sugar.) You should be feeding a better pellet, such as Harrison's or Roudybush. It may be a self-inflicted behavior, such as rubbing against the cage bars, maybe because the cage is too small and maybe some feather damaging behaviors. It needs to be at least 22 x 24. Anything smaller is too small.

Dr B

Jun 04, 2010
Sunday Conure bald head, bottom, and legs!
by: Linda

As Tracie said, your Sun Conure needs to be eating a high quality organic pelleted diet to be healthy. The Zupreem has preservatives and color dyes plus other questionable ingredients rendering it unfit as a full diet for a parrot.

Since your bird is already eating pellets, the change to one of the organics should not take too long. You'd do it like the article instructs and use the Zupreem like he suggests people use seeds. If your bird is NOT eating seeds, don't start giving them as all seed diets are as bad or worse than the cheap pellets.

Right now, your bird is in desperate need of an Avian Vet as it sounds like he is sick, injured and half starved all rolled into one. He could have bacterial/viral infection and/or internal or external parasites.

Next time wings are clipped, take bird to an Avian Vet and only have the 6 primary flight feathers on bottom end of wings trimmed which allows them to glide down and not fall like a rock. The too short clipping also puts them in chronic pain, so never allow anyone to do that again. The breeder evidently does not know enough about birds to be breeding them, so do not buy from them again in future.

Let us know what vet has to say, get bird onto a decent diet and into a larger cage, and we hope everything works out for the good of all concerned.


Jun 04, 2010
Feather loss and colored pellets
by: Tracie

Dr B can not tell you what is wrong without examining your bird. He has written several times that colored pellets and low quality pellets have ingredients that often cause health problems and allergies.

First you need to get your bird to an avian vet for an exam to rule out internal infection, disease, or even injury from falling.

Next, please work on switching your bird to a healthy pellet diet like Harrison's or other non-colored pellets. Cheap pellets are cheap for a reason, poor quality ingredients. People either end up with birds dying years before their time or spending $$$ on vet bills because they feed cheap pellets or seed only diets.

We have an article on switching birds to pellets and other parrot health and training articles on our Parrot Training page if you would like to read more. Once article highlights bad ingredients to watch for.

Thanks for writing, you are obviously a great bird owner, trying to follow the instructions your breeder gave you, and now looking for answers to help your bird.

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