My Quaker Parrot has little black flakes surrounding new pin feathers and the skin around his neck. I've never seen this before, and I just recently discovered them while trying to help her remove the pin feathers during a bath. I also don't seem to see any these flakes moving around at all. They're different shapes and sizes, and it almost reminded me of flea dirt, although it did not dissolve in the water. Should I be worried that these may be mites?
Great! Thank you so much for following up, and for your expert advice as well! You were 100% correct, it was just the tip of her pin feathers.