The Feather Mite Knemidocoptes laevis

Feather mites Bury into and feed on feather quills just below the surface of the skin.

The infestation usually occurs on the beak of neck first and spreads over the entire body.

Symptoms include chewed feathers, feather loss, restlessness, severe scratching, feather picking, skin irritation.

Mites are described a small, grey specks that stay on the bird both day and night.

Treatment and Prevention include bathing with special soap, special medicated drops, and regular cleaning of cage.

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Created with images by USFWS Mountain Prairie - "Song Sparrow Seedskadee NWR" • Dawn Huczek - "missing feathers" • katieb50 - "Cardinal"

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