african grey (wings to chest, coughing/sneezing sound)

my african grey has been making an odd sneezing/coughing sound and he always pulls his wings around his chest when he does. he has also been twisting his neck around when he does all this. he seems to do this every now and then. could he be regurgitating food? he does make and odd chewing like sound after twisting his neck. is it also possible that it could be from the scented candles my mom lights? because if so why does he do it even when all the windows are open and the fans are on?

please help and thank you.

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Jan 28, 2011
african grey (wings to chest, coughing/sneezing sound)
by: Linda

Those scented candles are killing your bird. Please do not use scented candles, room deoderizers or any other kind of perfume around birds including heavily scented dryer sheets. Perfumes and other chemically made scents are very dangerous to birds, and if yours was smaller, he would already be dead.

Your bird needs to be seen as an emergency by an Avian Vet as he may be dying as we speak. At the very least he has a massive lung infection and by wrapping his wings around him is trying to keep himself warm.

In future, if you have any questions about what is and is not safe for a bird, please write or ask your Avian Vet BEFORE using whatever it is.

In this case, your bird is being poisoned by the toxic effects of these candles, and room deoderizers will do the same thing, including the sprays and the plug in variety. Please find materials here and other places about how to safely keep a parrot in your home before getting another one. Take care of this one for now and get him the medical services he needs immediately.

Get your bird to an Avian Vet on an emergency basis if he is still alive by the time you get this letter.


Jan 27, 2011
Bird and candles
by: Tracie

Can you smell the candles? The bird is breathing the fumes if you can smell anything. You may be poisoning your bird.

Dr B can not tell you why your bird is doing this, because he would need to examine your bird. STOP with the toxins in the air, if your bird shows no more symptoms then you know what was causing it.

Personally, I would take the bird in for a visit anyway, because the bird may be sick if you have been putting toxic fumes in the air he breathes.

Sorry if this sounds harsh, I can not think of another way to give you this information.

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