Beak rubbing

by Malisa
(Mt. Morris MI)

I just recently got my first bird ever.. a beautiful pineapple green cheek conure. She is 10 weeks old. I was wondering what is she doing when she rubs her beak back and forth on things really fast? She does this after she eats, or plays with toys, or just hanging out with my husband and I on the couch or table. I have been doing tons of research and dont really find anything on this.

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Jul 04, 2010
by: Malisa

Thanks for all your responses, i have taken her to a vet, already. As i am a manager for petstore, and know how sensitive they are. She is in great health and passed with flying colors. And boy is she a riot... lol her little personalty is something. She is definetly a cuddler. LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to be held, and cuddle.

Jul 03, 2010
Nothing to worry about
by: Anonymous

It's very common for all parrots to rub their beaks after eating or playing or chewing toys & wood. They're cleaning, buffing & keeping their beak in good shape.

Jul 02, 2010
beak rubbing
by: Anonymous

I have blue front amazons, both of them do that when they are done eating. I think they do it to clean the food off of their beaks. After they rub their beaks they say ha-ha and go about their business. I don't think it's anything to worry about.

Jul 02, 2010
Beak rubbing
by: Linda

She is cleaning her beak of food or dirt residue, and this is normal behavior. "The world is their napkin", and they always keep their beaks clean.

I would strongly suggest you take your new bird to an Avian Vet in your area if you have not already done so. Most birds bought in pets stores and a lot of the ones coming from breeders are already sick with some kind of infection. Add the stress of getting used to a new home and family to that, and they all need a checkup at the beginning so you know they are healthy. As infections/parasites get more of a hold on them, it becomes very difficult to get them back to health. Once birds go down, it can take up to a year or more to bring them back from an illness.

So, all new birds need to be seen by an Avian Vet as soon as is possible.

Thanks for writing,

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