parrot diseases

Parrots spend most of their time in natural conditions in active movement. They fly, jump, climb twigs and branches, but they do not have such an opportunity in cages. Despite care, immunity weakens over time, and parrots develop various diseases, including those dangerous to humans. Diseases of these pets can be divided into three main groups: infectious, non-contagious and invasive, that is, caused by parasites.

Non-communicable diseases

The most common non-contagious disease in parrots is feather pulling or shedding. This phenomenon occurs due to stress, draft, severe fright, boredom, loneliness or improper feeding. If you do not take action, then pulling out the plumage will become a habit for the parrot. After some time, the bird will be left without feathers, or rather, they will remain only in places where the beak does not reach. Another cause may be parasites – scabies mites. In an advanced case, it will not be possible to get rid of ticks, therefore, at the first signs of a parrot’s illness, immediately carry out a complete disinfection of the cage.

Dangerous for parrots and obesity. Due to abundant feeding, the bird begins to suffocate, practically does not fly, which leads to cirrhosis of the liver. Obese birds cannot reproduce. You can cure a parrot from obesity by changing the diet. It should contain more fruits, fresh herbs and vegetables. In addition, the bird should be released from the cage frequently.

Difficult oviposition also belongs to non-communicable diseases. Due to a bruise or infection of the cloaca with pathogenic bacteria, the egg cannot come out, getting stuck in the oviduct. It does not allow the bird to get rid of the litter. It accumulates, poisoning the bird with toxins. If the owner of the bird does not intervene, then it will die due to exhaustion. The cause of difficult oviposition may be the large egg itself. Helping the bird is easy: you need to introduce a few drops of oil into the cloaca, moisten the stomach with warm water and gently massage. Then the female will be placed in a box with soft bedding. After a few hours, the egg will come out. If not, then you will have to get it with tweezers.

Poisoning is a common cause of malaise in parrots. Therefore, the question of how to feed a parrot is very important. The symptoms of the parrot’s disease in this case are very noticeable: thirst, diarrhea, lowered wings, convulsions, lethargy. To clean the goiter from poor-quality food, a rubber tube is inserted into it. An inexperienced owner is unlikely to cope with this task, so it is better to trust the veterinarian.

No less often one has to deal with diseases of the paws and legs in parrots, which occur due to mechanical damage. Closed fractures are characterized by an unnatural position of the limbs and swelling, and open fractures are also characterized by bleeding. The blood is stopped with a cotton pad moistened with hydrogen peroxide, and a splint (a stick or a large match) is applied to the limb, placed in a natural position, and then a plaster cast for 10 days.

Non-contagious diseases also include beriberi, beak diseases in parrots (regrowth and foliation), constipation and diarrhea.


Often with poor-quality food or with insufficient care for the cage, parrots become infected with coccidia, helminths, scabies parrot diseasemites and downworms. In addition to the exhaustion that accompanies all infectious diseases of parrots, birds are also threatened with death. At the first sign of a feathered malaise, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Since these diseases of parrots are common and must be treated immediately, purchase drugs such as coclicin, piperazine adipate, peretrum, and insecticidal preparations for treating the cage for your veterinary kit.


The cause of diseases of the intestines, eyes and various tumors in parrots are most often infections. Smallpox, diphtheria, salmonellosis, paratyphoid fever, tuberculosis and aspergillosis are infectious diseases that can cause the death of a pet, so they cannot be treated on their own.