Wild Rainbow Lorikeet

I have a wild rainbow lorikeet which got saved from a cat. She has lost all her tail feathers which we thought the cat had done so I am looking after her until they grow back. She had 1 main tail feather that was nearly an inch long but now it has fallen out aswel. Is this a sickness and not just a cat attack??? Also she is itching her face ALL the time and scratching her beak and eyes on the perches ALL the time, what does this mean???

Other than that she is eating well and adapting well to captivity.

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Dec 31, 2012
Loss of feathers
by: Anonymous

Hello i would like to ask what should i do as one of the lorikeets that we have saved has bitten all of his feathers and just left feathers on his wings and head.

Editor's note:
Please read Dr B's Feather Damaging Behavior article and use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Nov 07, 2011
about feather loss on rescued rainbow
by: Kathie

I saw this bird get hit by a car...I stopped and found,the bird without tail feathers and only a couple of flight feathers as well along with a major bump on the head. Since then the bird (Arthur) has eaten well on the special nectar food and looks good ...or he did...until couple days ago when the feathers from around his eyes and over his head fell out. I find this concerning since he is just as you would expect him to be, loud, and assertive, still eating and drinking well. althought he doesn't seem to bathe, which I know they love.
Any suggestions, I cannot see any lice and I really do not think its thrush..... Maybe stress, hit by a car has got to be stressful.

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You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine if it is healthy or has any injuries that need treatment.

Sep 05, 2009
Wild Lorikeet
by: Anonymous

Being a wild lorikeet and scratching at its face, it could have mites/lice. I have taken in 2 wild lorikeets, they were both young, but were covered in bird lice. Have a close look at the birds face, having short feathers around the face you can sometimes see the lice crawling around. If there seems to be no sign of mites then a trip to an avian vet or if you have a fauna rehabilitation centre of some sort nearby would also be able to help, or even take the bird in if you decide not to keep it. Good luck.

May 20, 2009
To Avian Vet
by: Linda

This bird needs to go immediately to an Avian vet in your area. If the cat scratched her anywhere, it can be deadly as cat scratches are full of poison material. She needs to have an overall checkup, and tell them about the scratching and losing of the tailfeathers. This could be a result of an attack by a cat, and if you don't hurry, bird may die. It can also be bacterial, fungal infections since no one is sure where she came from and where all she has been.

Please make an appointment at the vet, tell them she is a rescue, and they may offset some of the costs. If she is sick, they'll give her some meds. Lorikeets also have special dietary needs, so discuss this with the vet as well and look up some information on the net so you can feed her properly while you have her or if you are going to keep her. You can ask the vet if they have any clients who have this type of bird, as they may wish to have her after her health is good.

Let us know how she does when you have time.

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