African grey chirping while eating

by Steven
(Yonkers, NY)

My African Grey parrot chirps constantly when eating. No change in appetite, droppings, doesn't appear to be having respiratory problems, is not listless or hunching over on perch. Eventually the chirping stops and he begins searching for paper or discarded seed under the cage. Is this a parrot idiosynchrasy or a potential sign of illness? We leave for vacation in 3 days.

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Nov 09, 2011
Bird chirping when eating
by: The Avian Vet

It could be just a behavior, but I think that your bird has nutritional deficiencies and is unsatisfied physiologically. He needs to be eating a pellet diet. Harrison's is the best and should be 80% of his total diet. Seeds and nuts should not be more than 5% of the diet and the rest should be fresh foods.

Dr B

Nov 05, 2011
African grey chirping while eating
by: Linda

Before you board your parrot, he needs to be examined by an Avian Vet because this behavior is not normal and should be taken care of before leaving for anywhere. Your bird does need to be boarded somewhere, and it would be better to make sure he is okay than leave him to whatever fate awaits him while you're gone. If boarding with Avian Vet, then they can check him out and provide any meds needed if they are needed.

The other important thing here is to write up and sign a medical release form so whoever is taking care of him can take him to Avian Vet if needed. You also have to have the name address and phone number of your Avian Vet on this form that states you are giving "whomever" permission to take him to vet if he is sick or injured. If he's staying with an Avian Vet, this is also needed so they have permission to treat him if needed. This form is extremely important because it is not legal for an animal caretaker to take a sick or injured pet to the vet without it which means your bird could die from lack of medical services.

Do not leave him without first having him examined because most bird boarders will not take a bird who is showing signs of a problem.

If you are thinking of taking him with you, then you need to think of his needs which would be to stay with someone who knows what they're doing.

I hope your bird is going to be well taken care of while you're away. Birds are very sensitive to their humans leaving them, so make sure he's at least healthy before doing this.


The Avian may come in and answer this or not as this is not really a question for him. It is a question of having your bird healthy and ready to be left which will take an in person exam with an Avian Vet.


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