What's this bug?

Matzwd

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My sweetie hopped on my arm today for snuggle time, and I felt a tiny prickle on my arm soon after she hopped off. What is this bug? Some sort of parasite?
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aart

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I don't think that's a mite,
looks like 6 legs(?) and weevil-ish,
(could have picked up kinds of thing off the ground)
but better check them over...

Bugs check
Have you checked them over real well for mites and/or lice?

Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).
 

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