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George Holt

Waxhaw, NC, USA


Brown Thrasher with growth on right cheek and what appears to be a scar from the same growth on the right. The growth on the right may have effected the birds right eye as it is no longer round and appears flattened.



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Brown Thrasher With Growth On Cheek

Brown Thrasher with growth on left cheek. Does not seem to be effecting his feeding.

7 replies on “Brown Thrasher with growth on cheek”

Jim Beard says:

I have a brown thrasher with a swollen cheek at my feeder. Is it contagious?

Kellie Whitmire says:

I just lost a Brown Thrasher in my yard that had one on each leg they were very large what are they And what causes them to get the growth?

Natalie says:

I have a baby brown thrasher that came onto my screened porch – growth or blister under its eye. What is happening?

Heidi Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hello Natalie, there is no way to tell for sure what the growth on your Brown Thrasher is caused by without examination by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian. Whenever a sick bird comes to your feeder, we recommend that you remove the feeders the sick bird is using for a couple of weeks to ensure that disease is not being spread at your feeders and to give birds a chance to disperse, and make sure to clean your feeders thoroughly.

Deborah Pegram says:

I have maybe two brown thrasher with swollen checks. I had to take down the tray feeder they have been using along with the suet balls. I found this site, and hope I don’t have other birds to get sick. It’s been about a week since I’ve seen the swollen cheeks. One side of one bird has busted The other side is still swollen.

Chuck Cravotta says:

I am in SE Pennsylvania. I have a brown thrasher with the same sort of swelling/tumors? on both cheeks. I don’t think it has anything to do with birdfeeders, as thrashers generally feed in the yard.

Chuck Cravotta says:

This is a follow up comment on my earlier sighting of a brown thrasher with growths on both cheeks. Last week one of the growths appeared to be gone and today both are cleared. I can see very minor scarring, and I know it’s the same bird because it follows the same routine every day. I suspect it may be something like a botfly. I don’t know but the thrasher is not adversely affected at this point

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