Barfing bird

by Adnan jabber
(toronto ontario canada)

hi my names adnan my dusky headed conure is in perfect condition but hes afraid of being left alone in a room and screams really loud and he or she knows my family loves him/her and my birs is also terrified of the colour yellow i recently bought a toy that is yellow and he/she is terrified of it so i removed it also whenever i pet my bird it starts to bring its head back and forth and barfs then he eats it again ( the barf remains in his mouth) and when my bird stands on my finger it brings its belley and presses it on my finger and twitches can you guys please help me im really worried

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Dec 14, 2010
Bird barfing
by: Bird Vet Tech

His bird is exhibiting classic bird behavior with the food regurgitation (throwing it up in his mouth swallowing it). This is not vomiting due to sickness, it is a sign of affection. He bobs his head to intentionally bring up the food. Think mother birds feeding their young. The belly pressing sounds like it may be mating behavior. Bird sounds happy to see this person!

Aug 21, 2010
Barfing bird
by: Linda

Dear Adnan, it would be a great idea to take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet especially if it has been over a year since his last visit. We recommend yearly exams to make sure birds stay clear of infections or other physical problems.These exams include checking for infections both bacterial and viral, basic blood work, weight and general exam of eyes, ears, mouth, beak, nostrils and feet.

If bird is doing a lot of the "barfing" you mentioned, then he is sick and needs to be diagnosed and treated by ONLY an Avian Vet. Dog and cat vets are not licensed and trained in caring for birds, and they will mis-diagnose and mis-treat them with wrong meds or too high a dosage. Never feed your bird "people" food as it is high in fats, sugars and salt all of which are poison for birds. Feed only a high quality organic pelleted diet along with organic fruit and veggies in small quantities. Fruit and veggies should only be 10-15% of the overall diet which means small amounts a few times a week. Here is a link on how to change from seeds to the pellets and Tracie carries several of the organics here:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

As for being afraid of colors, usually pastel, not bright colors, are readily accepted. A bright yellow would be too bright. Birds see much better than we do, so a bright yellow color may hurt his eyes. Computer and TV screens also hurt their eyes because they see only the pixils not the whole picture unless they are way, way back from them.

You may consider getting another Conure his size to have in a cage close by so he does not get so lonely all by himself which would help with the screaming when you leave the room. Make sure you have a separate cage for the new bird and that new bird goes to Avian Vet within the first few days of having him or BEFORE you bring him home. It is common for new birds to have bacterial infections because moving around is stressful which is when birds can contract infections.They can also have other, worse problems, so try and take to Avian Vet before bringing into your home with your other bird. All infections are contageous and some are deadly, so be careful here.

Let us know what the vet has to say about your bird's health, and thanks for writing,

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