White spots in mouth of Amazon parrot

by Marcy

Hello, I have a yellow naped amazon and he is a year and a half old. Yesterday I noticed that he has these white spots or bumps in his mouth on the top of his beak (on the inside though) He was opening his mouth really big and stretching his neck and i noticed them, which is another question, Why do they open there mouths real big like that and stretch there necks. My dad also has an amazon and a cockatoo that do the same thing. Anyway, back to the spots. He is eating and drinking. He does seem to be alittle quieter then he normally is during the day. I have read a lot about yeast in my search online about this. Can this kill your bird? Thanks so much for your help.

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Sep 11, 2009
by: Linda

Sounds like your bird may have a fungal infection. The only thing you can do is take him to an Avian Vet in your area as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. If it goes down into his throat and on down the alimentary canal, he could die from it, so please make an appointment and take him in. He needs to see an Avian Vet at least once a year to catch infections BEFORE they get a hold on him.

He also needs to be eating an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's. Tracie carries Harrisons' products out here, and the Birdy Bread mix they have will help to change bird over from an all seed diet. NEVER FEED TABLE FOOD OR OTHER HIGH FAT AND/OR SUGAR OR SALT LADEN SNACKS. Basically, feed your bird a healthy diet made for a bird, not human food. Salt and Sugar are poison for birds. I don't mean it can make them sick, I mean it can and does kill birds just like any other poison.

So, take your bird to an Avian Vet to get the infection checked out, diagnosed and treated. Never give your bird anything without first asking an Avian Vet if it is okay to feed it. You CAN kill your bird by not knowing what you are doing. It is your job to read and learn everything you possibly can about your bird's needs. Anything that you are unsure of, ask a qualified Avian Vet. We are here to help, and we cannot diagnose or prescribe any medications. We can give an educated guess as to what the problem may be and then turn you over to a qualified Avian Vet for diagnosis and treatment.

Thanks for writing and keep us posted,

Sep 11, 2009
Amazon parrot with white spots in mouth
by: The Vet

Yeast is not deadly, but left untreated can cause significant disease. You need to have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian.

Birds open wide and stretch their necks to: 1) yawn, and 2) equalize the pressure in their Eustachian tubes in their inner ear.

Dr B

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