How to know if my parrot is sick

Although parrots are very resistant animals and adapt very well to the climate of Spain and South America, they can suffer from various diseases.

On many occasions, as with most birds, it is very difficult for the owner of the parrot to detect the symptoms that indicate that the bird is suffering from an illness; therefore, in .com we explain how to know if my parrot is sick .

Steps to follow:


General aspect. A healthy parrot should not have bristly plumage or constantly hide its head under the wing. These two positions can be caused by hypothermia or by an infectious disease.

On the other hand, if the tail swings exaggeratedly when the parrot breathes, it means that the bird is making a significant effort to breathe and can be a symptom of multiple respiratory diseases .


The cloaca is the orifice through which the parrot eliminates feces and urine (in addition to semen in males and eggs in females). The feathers that are around it must be dry and free of excrement, otherwise the parrot may be suffering from diarrhea .


The feces of healthy parrots are consistent and solid. Some liquid stools usually indicate diarrhea .

Stools of normal consistency but accompanied by a lot of water may be indicating polyuria, that is, increased urine excretion, which could be related to kidney failure .


It is advisable to check the beak and legs to detect the presence of scabs, usually caused by parasites .

When examining the legs, it is necessary to look at the joints, since a thickening of these may be caused by gout disease.

When inspecting the peak, emphasis should also be placed on the nostrils (the openings through which the parrot breathes), to discover possible mucus remnants that could be a sign of respiratory problems. When doing so, it is not advisable to focus only on the nostrils but also on the surrounding feathers, because sometimes the nostrils appear clean but in the nearby feathers snot can be found.


An excessive fall of the feathers can be caused by vitamin deficiency (lack of vitamins) so the feeding should be checked. The lack of hair only in certain areas can be caused by fungi or mites .


One of the first symptoms of any disease is the lack of appetite, which can be observed a decrease in the amount of food that the parrot ingests.


If you have observed any of these symptoms, we recommend that you go to a veterinarian, possibly a specialist in exotic animals .