African Grey parrot makes coughing noises

by tuyet Nguyen
(Washington)

I have an African Grey bird, He makes coughing noises it sounds like a growling dog.?
it has a red tail and i think its known as a "congo" and he's 7 yrs. old
he buries his head into his wings into while he is doing these coughing noises

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Jul 26, 2008
AG coughing
by: The Vet

Greys are well known for mimicking sounds such as coughing and sneezing. Greys also make many sounds that are natural sounds. They are intelligent and can copy some physical behaviors; they even play and entertain themselves with these noises and behaviors; such as tucking his head and growling. Sounds can also be communication tool that greys become very good at utilizing.

Having said that, you should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian to be sure these sounds are not something health related. Birds should visit an avian veterinarian annually for well bird check ups.

Dr B

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