Yellow feathers around my cockatiel's beak turned green

by Kat
(Pinehurst, NC, USA)

My extremely unfriendly cockatiel, whom we recently learned was female when she laid eggs after many years of living with us, has green around her beak. She recently laid two more eggs, and now the yellow feathers around her mouth are green. Is she okay? What is it that is turning her feathers green only on her face? And what do I do to fix it?

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Dec 27, 2013
Green around my cockatiels beak
by: Jessica

I just got my bird Recently from my uncle and it's a very kind bird and very sweet but it's fur around its beak is starting to get green and I don't know why is it something bad I want to know should I take it to the vet please give me awnsers

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Nov 11, 2011
Some Information
by: Dani

My bird is doing the same thing, only it is a boy and he is about 6 years old. His attitude has not changed and nothing is wrong with his health. I have come down to about three things that could cause the green feathers, Iron coming off his cage when he rubs against it,drinking water with chlorine in it, or the calcium from his cuddle bone. If you find out anything else about the green feathers please post it. I hope my information could be of use to you.

Jan 09, 2011
by: Katie Russell

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Jan 09, 2011
Avian Vet
by: Anonymous

I used the link and called around and checked other places on the internet, there is not an Avian Vet close to me.

Jan 08, 2011
Feathers turning from yellow to green
by: Tracie

Just in case there is a vet you don't know about, please visit our Find an Avian Vet page. There are a couple of links at the top of the page you can follow and do a search, if you don't see a vet listed in your area on our page.

Jan 07, 2011
More information
by: Katie Russell

We are not exactly sure how old she is. We found her, but I believe she is about 12 or so. We have had her for about ten years. She eats a mixture of pellets and seeds. She doesn't have anything that would stain her feathers. But the green around her mouth is worrying me, but there is not an avian vet anywhere close to me. She is eating and drinking and acting as she normally does.

Jan 07, 2011
Yellow feathers turning green
by: The Avian Vet

Has your bird been eating fresh greens like spinach or lettuce? If not, what about colored pellets? What about chewing on a colored toy? If, not then, this could be a nutritional issue, or regurgitation. You may want to have an avian veterinarian take a look at her.

Dr B

Jan 07, 2011
by: Anonymous

How old is the bird?

Jan 06, 2011
Yellow feathers around my cockatiel's beak turned green
by: Linda

Feather and skin disorders go back to quality of diet a bird is eating. If 85% of diet is not organic pellets, then your bird is not getting the right kind of food to make nice feathers and keep the skin supple and healthy. We recommend Harrisons because they are in my and lots of others' estimation the best money can buy. They use a cold extrusion method in making the pellets which leaves in the high quality proteins, vitamins and minerals. There are no supplementary vitamins needed when feeding Harrisons and get the grind made for your size bird. You can find Harrison's here. The change from seeds or low quality pellets takes time, and here is an article about how to go about it written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

BEFORE making any changes to diet, your bird must be examined by an Avian Vet to make sure she is healthy enough to go through the stress of changing her food. Any kind of change stresses birds, even healthy ones, so you have to have her cleared for infections and have bloodwork done to make sure her kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid are working properly. I think the change in feather color is due to a diet issue, and it could also be due to another physical cause, so you have to rule that out before starting a new diet.

Thanks for writing,

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