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Hello. My budgie looks and acts very healthy and happy generally but just above his cere on one side, there is a very small patch of feathers missing (so it looks brown where the fathers should be).

I thought at first he'd knocked himself on something but the feathers haven't grown back in weeks and I've now noticed there's a funky/bad smell around just that particular small area. He's very tame so I can get up close to smell it. I can only smell it when I'm right up close next to his face, and it's definitely coming from just that side where the affected area is.

Any help or advice would be appreciated! Thanks

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Welcome to the forums,

What colour is the bald patch of exposed skin?
Have you been noticing any discharge coming from the cere or have your budgie recently vomited and got some fluid on the feathers as a consequence?

If the area of exposed skin doesn't have an healthy whitish/pinkish colour, is dark in colour then your budgie could have made an injury which was left untreated and is currently infected.
That could possibly explain the bad smell. If this is the case, then having your budgie seen by an avian vet specialist right away would be the best option.

Also when budgies go through a rather heavy moult, they can have small bald patches around the forehead area.
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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Can you post a picture of the area near his cere you are concerned about?

The fact that you notice a bad smell from the area does lead me to believe, as aluz suggested, there may be infection.
It would be best for you to consult an Avian Vet.

from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice with regards to your budgie! I truly hope that he feels better soon. Please let us know how he's doing after you take him to the avian vet :fingerx:

Meanwhile, be sure to go though all the links provided above by FaeryBee; they will help you to stay posted on the very best of budgie care practices. If you have any questions after reading though anything, please do ask as we'd love to help!

Hope to see you around, I'm wishing the best for your little budgie! :pray:

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