Parrot Illness Symptoms
It is important to be an observant guardian, make an effort to get to know your bird's everyday, healthy behaviour so that you'll be able to tell when something is wrong. Parrots are masters in hiding an illness, they do this so that they wont be picked out by predators. This is why it is very difficult to tell when a bird is sick until he is very sick and often too late to be saved.
Excessive Sleeping: A parrot that is feeling ill may sleep too much, especially during the day. Sleeping on the bottom of the cage is a significant symptom. Look out for any odd changes in sleeping patterns.
Sleeping on two feet: A healthy parrot normally sleeps with one foot tucked inside against the belly.
Fluffed-up Appearance: A fluffed-up parrot may be trying to maintain his high body temperature and fight off an illness. Or it just may be too cool in the room.
Loss of appetite: You should know what food and how much your parrot eat each day. If you notice that your parrot is not eating or eating far less than usual then it could mean that the parrot is sick.
Change in attitude: If your parrot seems listless and not behaving normally or has become very cranky or limp then it is good to see a vet.
Lameness: If your parrot cant use his feet or hold up his head then there is something very wrong.
Panting or Laboured breathing: It can be sign of respiratory illness or overheating.
Discharge: If you notice runniness or discharge on the eyes, nares or vent then the parrot is ill.
Change in droppings: Your parrot's droppings should consist of a solid green portion, white urates and a clear liquid. If the droppings are discoloured and there has been no change in diet then there is a problem. If there is a pungent odour or the droppings seem far more liquid than usual then it is good to see a vet.
Debris around the face or on feathers: Indicates poor grooming or vomiting, potential signs of illness.
Bobbing tail: A bird sitting on the perch and panting will have a bobbing tail. This is often a sign of respiratory illness.
Messy vent: If the vent is crusty or damp with droppings then there is a problem.
Reptile and Parrots, an educational website. http://reptile-parrots.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?100-Parrot-Care
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