A while ago I had a cockatiel with a big lump just over his eye. I took him out of the aviary and pulled off a tick the size of a small pea. I never knew ticks could get on birds and I was very surprized, not to mention upset. It was a friday afternoon so I called the vet before they closed. She couldnt do more then tell me to watch him closely and if he wasnt better on monday to bring him in. He was a bit slow and his eye was closed, but I thought that would be somethin that would pass over time. But on saturday he was stil sitting very quietly and puffed up in a corner and as the day progressed his breath became raspy and labored. I called the vet again and got the answeringmachine (being the weekends). By evening he was unresponsive, sitting in the floor with his head down, wings hanging, heaving for breath. We decided to put him to sleep that evening.
Unfotunately the vet couldnt tell me what to do in case this happens again. It should not have killed him. The tick probably bit him in a place that was very vulnerable (on the head so close to the eye) that it will probably impaired the bloodflow to the brains.
She never heard of a bird being bitten by a tick before, and neither have I. Our conclusin was that he probably had something going on anyway making him more susseptible to parasites.
Kika: Senegal Parrot.
Guus: Cockatiel, Yellowcheek, cinnamon, pearl, pied.