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The Wonderful World of the Pionus Parrot Species => White-Capped => Topic started by: munoz69 on September 15, 2017, 10:58:26 AM

Title: plumage coloration changes
Post by: munoz69 on September 15, 2017, 10:58:26 AM
Hello All,

I have a white capped pionus (Tallulah) that has some strange coloration (photos attached). She (or he) appears perfectly healthy, averages 217 g since 2011 when we first rescued her, hasn't increased or decreased weight since then by more than 5%, has clear eyes, eats zupreem natural and roudybush maintenance pellets and fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains, is active, talkative etc. But much of the green on her wings has been replaced by yellow. Originally, she did look like a normal white capped pionus. Just took her to the vet who suggested she appeared perfectly healthy. Has anyone seen any coloration in P. senilis like this? I have read that strange coloration can be a sign of fatty liver disease. As I said, she appears perfectly healthy in all other respects. BTW, Img 3348 taken with wet feathers after a bath. Thanks for any info or shared experiences.  Roldan
Title: Re: plumage coloration changes
Post by: Jan on September 15, 2017, 11:04:06 AM
Okay pretty colors, but she is a hybred ... a mix of something other than pure White Cap. I wouldn't think the coloring is due to health issues, it's more of just a cross breed between two Pionus species, what that would be exactly, not sure.  Are you here in the United States?
Title: Re: plumage coloration changes
Post by: munoz69 on September 15, 2017, 11:09:12 AM
Yes. I was able to find the breeder, and he had never seen coloration like that in his birds. Also, attached is what she looked like when I originally rescued her.
Title: Re: plumage coloration changes
Post by: Jan on September 15, 2017, 11:32:57 AM
oh WOW!!! I am speechless then.  Have you had her to an avian vet? Strange just would have thought she was always that color.
Title: Re: plumage coloration changes
Post by: munoz69 on September 15, 2017, 11:40:59 AM
Well I live in a small town so the vet I brought her to has many years (~27) of experience, including with birds, but is not a certified avian vet. There is no certified avian vet in our immediate area, but I may need to drive a couple of hours to find one. I am happy to know that our vet with bird experience examined her, did not detect her to be overweight, observed clear eyes, beak, etc. But, I'd like to get a certified bird vet to say the same. Trying to put the feelers out on the list to see if anyone else had observed similar colors. Thanks for your replies.
Title: Re: plumage coloration changes
Post by: Dartman on September 15, 2017, 07:41:20 PM
WOW, wonder whats up to cause that. Nerd bird had white and yellow feathers all over his wings and that was in the late 70's when I got him and his brother. His brother was bigger and had normal colors for a Maxi. I found some bird feather oil/vitamins at the pet shop and fed that to Nerd and the bad colored feathers slowly molted out and never returned for the rest of his long and skinny life. Hopefully it'd some kind of vitamin thing and not something nasty. She does look fine except for the colors for sure.
Title: Re: plumage coloration changes
Post by: munoz69 on September 15, 2017, 09:08:59 PM
 Thanks for the thoughts.  I talked to an avian vet today and plan on making an appointment.