“Dressing for Halloween -natural for this bird”

Did you ever wish that you would have the best Halloween costume ever?

Well this parakeet through no fault of his own was born with the perfect head covering or mask.

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This baby parakeet began life as a normal looking baby bird, but as soon as the little bird began growing feathers they come out all over. Including places birds do not need a covering of curly feather over its eyes and and mouth. This overgrowth of feathers is referred to as a “feather duster” . These feathers continue to grow and curl covering the bird’s head, face and entire body. This condition makes it difficult for the bird to feed and clean himself normally. The food that would sustain a normal parakeet may not be high enough in nutrition to compensate for the excessive growth, so many may die young. The excessive feather growth taxes the body’s energy and ability to nourish itself. The bird is also unable to fly or even to perch normally. So many feathers cover the bird’s face and eyes that seeing can be difficult.

This is a genetic mutation.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art58398.asp

Image courtesy of http://forums.budgiebreeders.asn.au/lofiversion/index.php/t23257.html

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