Has anyone seen something like this before? It looks like there’s something growing or embedded in the corner/base of his beak. When I touched it it started to bleed.
I have an appointment booked with the vet but it’s not for a few days. Thank you!
Does it look like a wort to you? I went online and found that birds can get wort like growths called Papillomas. They can occur in the commissure of the beak – which is where your birds growth looks like it's near. I am not sure if this is what your bird has or not and unfortunately there are no medical experts on this forum. Only an avian vet will be able to determine what it is for sure, so I am glad you are taking them in to be looked at.
Here are the articles I found –
Is your bird eating okay? You may want to weigh them daily using a (food) scale just to make sure he/she is not losing any weight. It is best to weigh them first thing in the morning before breakfast. Keep track of it daily to give to your doctor. If you don’t mind, please let us know what the vet says and how your little birdie is doing. I hope your little cutie is okay!
I have never seen anything like that before. Excellent call to have an avian vet look at it. I am certainly no expert (nor, as Anya mentioned, an avian vet) but I did have a sweet little canary who ended up with beak cancer but it was a black discolouration on her beak close to where the nares are. It didn’t look anything like that. I am hoping that is reassuring for you and is confirmed by your vet. Please let us know how it goes. This would be very helpful for other parrotlet owners to know about.
Hey everyone, thank you so much for your time spent reading and replying to my post. I was able to get him to our vet this afternoon. She said it seemed like a keratin growth maybe related to a feather follicle (apparently the growth is made up of a horn-like material) but wasn’t certain exactly what it is. She’s removing it tomorrow and sending it to the lab. I’ll update this post when the results are back in ten days.
Otherwise he’s been acting and eating normally. I’ll start weighing him routinely so any changes in behaviour can be caught early. Thanks again!