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Scaly face or budgie mites - how to spot the symptoms?

Budgies, just like any other animal, are susceptible to health problems. One common health issue that can affect budgies is mites. Mites are tiny burrowing parasites that can cause a variety of problems for your budgie. In this article, we will discuss how to spot the symptoms of mites in budgies.

Feather Loss

One of the most common symptoms of mites in budgies is feather loss. Mites feed on the blood of your bird and can cause severe irritation and itching. As a result, your budgie may start to pluck out its feathers, especially around the head and neck area. Feather loss can also occur around the vent area.

Skin Irritation

Mites can cause severe irritation to your budgie's skin. You may notice your bird scratching and biting at its skin more often than usual. The skin around the vent area may appear red and inflamed.

Difficulty Breathing

Mites can also cause respiratory problems in budgies. Your bird may have difficulty breathing, which can manifest as wheezing, coughing, or sneezing. In severe cases, mites can cause respiratory distress and even death.


Mites can make your budgie feel weak and lethargic. Your bird may not be as active or energetic as usual. It may also spend more time sleeping and less time playing or interacting with you.

Weight Loss

Mites can cause your budgie to lose weight. Your bird may not be eating as much as usual due to the discomfort caused by the mites. As a result, it may become thin and malnourished.

Very noticeable symptom of budgie mites, that I'd like to pay more attention to here, is called SCALY FACE.

What does it look like?

  1. Crusty and scaly beak: If your budgie's beak appears crusty and scaly, it may be a sign of beak mites. The infestation of mites can cause the beak to become dry and rough.

  2. Discoloration of the beak: Mites can cause the beak to appear darker or redder than usual. You may also notice discoloration in the cere (the fleshy part at the top of the beak).

  3. Swollen beak: Mites can cause the beak to become swollen and inflamed, which can make it difficult for your budgie to eat and drink.

  4. Beak deformities: If left untreated, beak mites can cause deformities in the beak, which can affect your bird's ability to eat and groom itself properly.

Treatment of Beak Mites in Budgies:

  1. Veterinary examination: If you suspect that your budgie has beak mites, it is crucial to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. A vet will be able to confirm the diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment.

  2. Medication: Your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help kill the mites and alleviate your budgie's discomfort. This may include topical treatments, such as creams or sprays, or oral medication. You can also get one online, commonly available on e.g. Amazon. Unfortunately there are some cheap ones that in some cases are not good enough and don't treat mites even if you use them as adviced. I recommend getting good quality products so that your bird recovers quicker and an illness doesn't spread to other birds in the cage. THIS one is the one I'd strongly recommend. Also - to help your bird during and after recovery - it's good to add some food supplements and I'd particularly recommend THAT one. It helps the bird get back to normal after an illness and medications.

  3. Cleaning and Disinfection: It is essential to clean and disinfect your budgie's cage and any toys or perches that it uses. This will help prevent reinfestation and reduce the risk of further health problems. Use an anti-mite spray, like THIS one here.

  4. Supportive Care: You can help support your budgie's recovery by providing a comfortable and stress-free environment. Make sure to offer plenty of fresh water and nutritious food, and give your bird plenty of rest and quiet time to recover.

In conclusion, beak mites can be a severe health problem for budgies. If you suspect that your bird has beak mites, it is essential to seek veterinary care immediately. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, your budgie can make a full recovery and return to its normal, healthy self.

Below are the pictures of scaly face / mites in budgies. At the beginning it might be harder to notice, because it's mild and if you don't know how a healthy beak should look like, you may not be aware it's a start of an illness. Look at their beaks and ceres.

It can then become more severe and should be treated as soon as possible to save the bird. It may look like these below:

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