bird flight

by wayne m raymond
(Bayonne, N.J. 07002)

I have a Red Lory.His name is Nutsy Rouge(french for Red). Nutsy is 8-9 years old. We had fed him store bought nectar all these years. I took Nutsy for his 1st blood test and the doctor said his liver panel was off a bit, otherwise his bloodwork looked ok. We changed his diet to fresh fruit and Lory Life Nectar. He is eating and drinking well. His liver panel has improved. However for some reason he does not fly high anymore. He used to fly to my shoulder. He tries to now and starts declining in flight at my chest level. He has always been a lazy bird. Sliding and walking was mostly and still is his preference. Is he just ought of shape? Is he ok? Should we worry? Will he ever fly to my head or shoulders again?

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Aug 15, 2013
Bird flight ability changed
by: The Avian Vet

The loss of flight can be related to a number of medical and non-medical causes. Without daily flying exercise, birds loose much of their pectoral muscle strength. There could be inflammation or infection in the pectoral muscles. Nutrition also plays a role; not enough energy for the muscles can reduce flight ability. Energy can from fat and carbohydrates (sometimes protein). If the energy source is too low or insufficient, then this can affect the ability to fly.

Poor feather quality can contribute, which is associated with poor diet and insufficient UV light. Not enough oxygen, caused by poor circulation, or lung disease or abnormalities can play a role. Liver disease can indirectly affect flight ability. If it is enlarged it can affect circulation and breathing. If it is enlarged because of excess iron in the diet, then you can also have blood changes that affect many different metabolic pathways. These are just a few of the contributing factors. In my opinion, you should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian again with all of these things in mind. I also encourage you to research lory diets thoroughly as some of them have excessive amounts of iron. It is difficult to find a good diet for lories, and just fruits (and vegetables) is not going to be sufficient. And not all nectars are created equally.

Dr B

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