May 13, 2020 By Adam John 0

The Indications That My Parrot Is Sick

The first sign that may be evident to the parrot owner is a change in some characteristic of their bird. According to the Pet Education website, here are some specific changes that may alert you to an illness in your parrot.

General appearance or stance:
Huddled
Losing balance
Picking at feathers
Hanging on side of the cage with its beak
Trembling
Walking in circles
Not preening
Weight loss

Weight loss is a common sign that your bird is sick. You should monitor your bird’s health weekly using avian scales such as the bird scale pictured in the above image. If you notice any drastic drops in your the weight of your bird then you should take them to the vet and double check the bird food and diet. These scales are also useful for preventing your bird from becoming overweight.

Behaviour and attitude
Changes in vocalizations
Drooping wings
Inactivity

Change in personality
Bird’s droppings
Color and consistency changes
Decrease in dropping
Blood in droppings

Head appearance
Squinting and half-closed eyes
Overgrown or flaky beak
Head twitching
Loss of symmetry indicating swelling

Feathers
Ruffled, fluffed or dull
Wet, stained on head or vent area
Plucking

Excessive molting and bald spots
Legs and feet
Lameness
Abnormal nail growth
Swollen feet or joints
Crusting or discoloration

Breathing
Tail-bobbing while breathing
Difficulty
Open beak breathing
Change in parrot sounds
Exercise intolerance
Sneezing

Eating and drinking
Increase or decrease
Vomiting
Swelling in crop area
Straining to defecate or pass eggs
Inability to pick up food