Alexanderine twisting neck

by Mercedes Carlin
(Toowong, Brisbane)

My male Alexanderine, Alex is now a year old. At different times he twists his neck around quite vigorously. I have another male Alexanderine, Biggy who is at least three years old- we found him a year ago but he has the rings around his neck so he would be two to three years old. I have never seen Biggy do this and Alex only seems to do it when he is put in a cage.

Most of the day they are out and about and sometimes he goes to my neighbour for a visit and is transported in a small cage. As soon as you put him in he starts turning his neck around. Has anyone else experienced this? Or does anyone know why? Any help would be appreciated.

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Sep 10, 2012
My twisty neck Alexanderine!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your help. It's great to know that other Alexanderines- especially ones in the wild twist their necks too. I keep mine inside most of the time and they are also out of their cages. I have only ever seen my young one, Alex do it. He has done it when I put him in any cage. A smaller one to go to my friend and neighbour. He is not mixed with other birds and it's only for transportation as he is out and about when he goes there too. Even when I put him in his cage to go to sleep at night he does it. The only other time I've seen him do it is when Baby, my greenie (lorikeet) goes near him. I'm pretty sure he does it when he's stressed or not happy. Obviously I can't keep him out of a cage 24/7! I am relieved to know that other do it to. Has anyone else got an Alexanderine- or parrot that twists their necks rapidly on occasion?

Sep 06, 2012
Alexandrine twisting neck
by: Anonymous

Do you keep both birds in the same cage? He might be twisting his neck and looking around to avoid an attack by the other bird. Or perhaps you have something in the cage that he is frightened of like a toy, mirror or certain food cup or water bottle. It could also be something in the room that is near the cage. My bird gets scared of the weirdest things and I never know what it's going to be. She's terribly scared of any kind of little bug but will grab a piece of bread off the dinner table that's bigger than her and try to make off with it. She is afraid of dark nail polish and a blouse that I have that has lace trim. Take a look at the birds' surroundings from his point of view and perhaps you will find what it is that is scaring him.

Sep 04, 2012
Mine does too
by: Asif Arain

Hi I have Alexandriane male 9 1/2 months old he started
Twisting/dancing using his neck by turning left & right
I think it's in their genes. I have seen wild alexandrines doing this as well that's not a problem. Just check if he is eating enough to stuff his crop the then it's fine and observer his poop (potty) should be green thick white feces and some urine like water. If that's ok than there is no problem at all
Enjoy your bird. Is he talk if yes what's he say?
Mine talks a lot won't shut his beak for a minute during the day.
Good luck

Sep 03, 2012
Alexanderine twisting neck
by: Linda

The only thing I can suggest is an exam by an Avian Vet to see if he has a neurological problem or some other physical issue.

I don't understand what you mean by "visiting", but I can tell you that birds having play dates is a very bad idea. It is a good way for healthy birds to become infected with a bacterial infection at the very least. Birds have no gram negative bacteria in their bodies, and when taken around other birds, a healthy bird can become sick from bacteria from the other bird or birds and their surroundings. Play dates are not a good thing with birds. Take him to an Avian Vet to be examined for both viral and bacterial infections. Your other bird will also need to be examined, diagnosed and treated if this bird is positive for infection because they are highly contageous.

From now on, keep your birds at home unless they are going to avian vet which will close down opportunity to become infected by another bird.

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