Birdsville recommended sydney vets

When to see a vet???

when should you see a vet or your bird specialist store

One of the most common issues in older birds is plucking, below you can see a photo of birds that we have rehomed in the past and all have the same issue of pulling their feathers out.  Plucking is not a disease but a bad habit similar to a human chewing on their fingernails.  In extreme cases the parrot can continue and chew their skin, and this becomes life threatening.  If you have a bird that plucks its feathers please come in and see us as we have a number of diet and behavioral regimes that can help reverse this problem.

feather Plucking parrots


Knowing your bird and its normal behavior and body condition may save your birds life. At Birdsville, we have a selection of antibiotics, a broad-spectrum antibiotic powder for use in ornamental birds for bacterial infections including E.coli (Enteritis), Mycoplasma (Chronic Respiratory Disease) and Chlamydia (Psittacosis). This is added to the drinking water. our antibiotic is an ideal “first line” antibiotic where a definite diagnosis is not available. If the birds fail to respond to the treatment within 3 days veterinary advice should be obtained.  lice and mite treatments, vitamin supplements, probiotics and much more available.


A common illness in parrots we unfortunately still come across is heavy metal poisoning from old rusty cages.  No antibiotics available at birdsville can fix this and therefor your bird must be rushed to the vet so always check your cage and if its old and rusty please replace it.

Scaley face in bird’s

Below are to photo’s of a budgie with a case of scaly face, a burrowing mite (Knemidokoptes) which a quite common in birds especially Budgerigars. This mite will effect the tissue around the cere and sometimes the eyelids. Just like the bird pictured below it can also effect the legs and feet and if left unchecked this condition will eventually lead to death.

What type of bird of bird can get scaly face

Any bird can be affected by scaly face, it is most common in Budgerigars, Canaries and Finches.  I have seen many chickens with the disease also.

What is the treatment for scaly face

Luckily this is very easy to cure completely by using Scaly Face Treatment or Vetafarm Avimec which will kill the mites allowing your birds skin to heal.  During this process it is advisable to have your bird on a good quality seed mix and place vitamins in the birds water supply to boost the immune system.  Our birdsville store always have this medication on hand, gve us a call to check we have plenty in stock, if you are unsure bring your bird in store and we can check it as well.


Budgie with scaley face
Budgie with scaly face
Scaley Leg
Scaly leg



We are not vets so if your bird has any of the below symptoms please see an avian vet ASAP.

contact a veterinarian if your bird shows any of these signs

Signs of Bird Illness

  • Fluffed up appearance
  • Loss of song or raspy voice
  • Loss of weight
  • Unusual amounts of sneezing, coughing
  • Discharge from the nasal area
  • Red nostrils
  • Dirty vent, unclean around the anus
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dropped or drooping wings
  • Eye discharge
  • Swollen eye lids
  • Swelling or growths (lumps)
  • Sitting on the floor
  • Lethargic
  • Changes in droppings, becoming looser, changes in colour.
  • Loosing feathers, bare patches
  • Limping

Recommended bird vets by Birdsville

The Wild Vet

22a Bridge Rd, Glebe

1300 945 383


Sydney Exotic & Rabbit Vet (SERV)

57-63 Herbert St, Artarmon

02 94364884


Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital

415 Werombi Rd, Camden

02 4655 0798


Carlingford Animal Hospital

772 pennant hills road, carlingford,

02 98716036


Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic

60 princess Hwy, St Peters

2 9516 0234


Canley Heights Veterinary Clinic

shop 6, Harden st and Avoca Rd, Canley Heights

02 9604 9792 or 9604 9300