13 February 2012
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For the last few weeks, Bezukhov has been sporting a mysterious black blob on his head. It has not shifted, even through vigorous head rubs on perches & cage bars. He will not let me touch his head so I do not know what it feels like.
However, the other day, after it got wet after a romp in some celery leaves, the colour seemed to bleed…. it looked like blood! Dried blood!
The mystery deepens.
Then it looked like he had a chunk of feathers missing from above his cere & I wondered if this was the result of a fight, but now I conclude he is moulting & is suffering from “moulty face”.
The mysterious black blob still remains. It even sticks out now. Whatever it is, it is not budging!
I have tried to take photos of it but they are a bit blurry…
(Click on photos to enlarge)