swollen head

by Ry
(Chatsworth, CA)

Obi is our 55+ year old umbrella cockatoo. He is a plucker. We rescued him a year ago, and he has been doing wonderful. His personality and health has improved so much.

I was cuddling with obi last night and scratching his head when I noticed that the top of his head (the bald spot behind the 'umbrella') is soft and slightly puffy. It is usually hard.

He isn't in pain, and he still wants me to scratch his head. There does not appear to be any discomfort. He fell off his perch a few days ago, it could be related to that.... but like I said, he does not appear uncomfortable.

Is this normal?

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Feb 16, 2012
Bird with swollen head
by: The Avian Vet

This does not sound normal. Given that your bird is a plucker there may be a skin problem that is also present on the head. I recommend that you have this examined by an avian veterinarian.

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Feb 14, 2012
swollen head
by: Linda

No it is not normal, and he needs to be examined immediately by an Avian Vet in your area. Find an Avian Vet
California is full of Avian vets so get him into be examined right away. This may be causing him more pain than you know as birds try and hide illness and injuries. Since you are not inside your bird's body, you really cannot say if he is hurting or not. Also have some basic bloodwork done to make sure organs are functioning properly. In older birds the yearly exams are a must.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and make sure your bird is examined every year to ensure he stays healthy. Right now, you need to move fast as he did hurt himself, so don't wait around until he dies.


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