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I know it may be difficult , but can you describe it with more detail please.

If it appears to be connected with his breathing, I would make a vet appointment right now.

Is he "gasping"?

Big head movements?

Birds heads usually stay relatively still when breathing, only slight ovement.

I would play safe and go to the vets..

 

If they don't have a good vet or avian specialist, do post their location so people can point you to the nearest one.

 

Good luck.

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I can only recommend a visit to an Avian Vet as parrots are so very good at hiding symptoms of illness which means if you do spot a parrot looking unwell then a Vet visit is needed.

They do this as in the wild any bird looking less than well is an easy lunch for a predator so parrots have evolved to avoid standing out by showing symptoms if they can possibly avoid it.

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Guest ramagel

And just to repeat what everyone else has said:make sure your friend takes the bird to a SPECIALIST bird vet - not a cat and dog vet,

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I agree with Ramagel ...... general Vet practices do not see enough parrots to be able to build up much experience. It is always worth the extra journey to see an Avian Vet who has hands-on knowledge of treating and caring for parrots.

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Its hard to know what you mean exactly, but my Amazons do a weird head movement most of the time and make a funny sound, more like head up and down sort of movement and quite slowly and in a relaxed way. Would be helpfull to see a video, but probably not possible.

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Guest ramagel

From what I learned two weeks or so ago: If the bobbing/moving/whatever is in synch with breathing, it's a trip to the vet for sure - especially if the bird does it while at rest and not, for example, after a long squawk and flap; similarly if the tail 'bobs' while breathing.

 

It may be a minor respiratory problem - my vet said that it's especially common this time of the year when the central heating goes on, gas fires get lit, real fires get lit, candles get burned (DON'T burn perfumed candles in the same HOUSE as a parrot is my advice!).

 

Steroids/antibiotics can cure infections/irritations. Unfortunately with my Goffins it was lung tumours and terminal: but I had 4 days warning as it turned out. The vet said that lung tumours in birds are not like in humans - birds get hundreds of tiny tumours in all of the air sacs, and so just a little growth can have a devastating and rapid effect. Could have been anything: but most likely caused/exacerbated by her previous owners from whom she was rescued smoking around her for 20-odd years. Had the steroids & antibiotics improved her breathing in 24 hours he would have continued diagnosis and treatment, but as they had no effect, the conclusion was terminal tumours.

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Guest ramagel

Excellent news! Was it just "one of those things" or did he make any reference to nutrition? ISTR some link between vitamin deficiency and nare problems in a talk by an Avian vet at the local bird club, but I don't always remember these things properly - maybe worth a google, tho ... something to do with polyp-like growths was it? Oh I dunno - I HATE forgetting things ....

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