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Does your bird have a strange growth? Find out what it might be and how to treat it.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: January 28, 2013, 5:15 p.m. PST


By Gina Cioli/BowTie Studio/Courtesy Allison Strums/Exotic Birds by Fran
A growth on a bird can be a tumor or cyst.
A growth occurring on the body or wing of your bird could be a tumor or feather cyst and should be examined to determine which it is. An abnormal lump or bump on your bird could also be an abscess where the tissue becomes swollen or inflamed due to bacterial infections. Other bulges found on your bird could be large deposits of fat underneath the skin or an internal organ swelling because of disease.


Cysts can be hereditary or brought on by trauma and are usually the result of the feather failing to penetrate the skin, causing it to remain folded up underneath.


Your bird needs to be physically examined by an avian veterinarian to determine the cause of the lump, such as it being a tumor or a feather cyst. Removing the contents of a cyst while the bird is under general anesthesia is the simplest procedure.


A cyst can permanently be removed through a more extensive surgery, which completely removes the cyst and destroys the follicle. Without totally removing the follicle, the cyst may return.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Health Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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