White flecks on surface of conure's eyes

by Rose
(Saratoga Springs, NY USA)

I have an 11-year-old conure who is very healthy, friendly and inquisitive. Yesterday, as he was perched on my shoulder, I noticed he has several whitish flecks on the surface of both of his eyes. The lens inside appears clear, not cloudy, and these flecks don't change when he blinks his eyes. They appear right over the center of his pupil.

I did an extensive online search and couldn't find any reference to this sort of thing. Is there a disorder or disease that you are aware of that could result in this? He is currently molting, as well, but otherwise there is no change in his behavior to indicate any other form of distress.

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Oct 05, 2010
Bird with white flecks in eyes
by: The Avian Vet

A condition called punctate keratitis is common and often caused by a virus or other infection. There are potentially other causes, too. You should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian or an ophthalmologist familiar with bird ocular diseases.

Dr B

Oct 04, 2010
White flecks on surface of conure's eyes
by: Linda

What you described is not normal, and it would be a great idea to make appointment for your bird with an Avian Vet in your area.

It could be an infection or parasites or even some kind of toxin, so to be on the safe side, have a trained Avian Vet take a look at his eyes and then possibly do some basic bloodwork to see where all his organs stand. Birds have to become very ill before they will show signs of sickness because in the wild, an injured or sick bird is a dead one, and parrots are exotic wild animals and so will behave as their wild counterparts do.

Thanks for writing,

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