Beak Clicking

by Brandon

My bird will sometimes (most of the time) just sit where ever she is and click her beak, constantly. It gets to be very annoying when the room is silent. I know she isnt doing it to get attention because it isnt very loud. I am wondering why she might be doing it, and if there is a way to maybe get her to stop. Thank you very much.

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Jul 17, 2009
Bird clicking beak
by: The Vet

This sounds like an habitual behavior. I see many birds with similar behaviors. However, I must suggest that you take your bird in to see an avian veterinarian to be sure there is no physical reason for this. Birds need to be seen annual anyway for well bird checks.

The first step in changing an unwanted behavior is to determine the cause. Start log and write down every time she does this behavior. Make a note of the time of day, what you are doing at the time, what she is doing, where she is sitting on in the cage, if she does it when she is out of the cage, right before a nap, etc. Writing it down for several days will show you a pattern, hopefully. Your goal is to find the antecedent or the event that instigates or comes just before the behavior. By knowing this you can prevent the antecedent and hopefully prevent the behavior.

?Treatment? may simply be a distraction, but to permanently make a change, you will need to prevent the behavior, since distraction during the behavior could reinforce the behavior.

What kind of bird do you have?
Where is the cage located?
How much light is in the room?
What do you feed your bird?
Does your bird have foraging opportunities?
When did this behavior begin?

Get back to me with the results of your log and we can discuss this further.

Dr B

Jul 16, 2009
Beak clicking
by: Linda

Birds sometimes do this to remove food from the upper and lower mandible, and usually do it as they relax and get ready to take a nap.

If you have not taken your bird to an Avian vet in more than a year, now is the time to make an appointment and get bird in for tests to see if she is healthy. Yearly checkups by Avian vet are necessary to catch infections, parasites or other illnesses before they get out of control.

You can talk with them about the beak clicking, but if she is rubbing upper and lower mandible together, this is normal. It is hard to understand exactly what you mean, and that is the only thing coming to mind since you say it is low.

So, make an appointment with an Avian vet in your area and have your bird checked out to make sure she is healthy. A healthy bird is a happy one, and a sick bird left untreated is a very sad site.

Let us know how everything goes with the vet,

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