Bird rolling backwards

by Cheryl
(Missouri)

My bird will all of a sudden start flipping/rolling backwards (like a backwards summersault) over and over again, usually across the floor about 8 or 10 times until I can get her to stop.

My vet isn't sure what is going on and no one else seems to know, any thoughts?

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Sep 19, 2008
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by: Cheryl

What type of bird is it?

She is a Cockatiel

Is there anything that seems to stimulate this to happen besides sitting her on the floor?

Nothing that I can tell

Does she do it in her cage?

She doesn't do it in her cage.

What brand of pellets? And does she eat any treats?

She is on Higgins Organic, RoudyBush. She is offered veggies and millet but rarely touches it.

This certainly describes seizure activity, but if you could video this so I could witness this it would help. Try and tape before during and after.

Does your bird have the ability to fly?

She is clipped.

Has she ever had any head trauma?

No head trauma.

Has she been examined by an avian veterinarian recently?

She was examined by Dr. Greg Burkett in Raleigh in April and he didn't see any problems.

Sep 16, 2008
Bird rolling backwards
by: The Vet

What kind of bird?

Is there anything that seems to stimulate this to happen besides sitting her on the floor?

Does she do it in her cage?

What brand of pellets? And does she eat any treats?

This certainly describes seizure activity, but if you could video this so I could witness this it would help. Try and tape before during and after.

Does your bird have the ability to fly?

Has she ever had any head trauma?

Has she been examined by an avian veterinarian recently?

Dr B

Sep 14, 2008
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by: Cheryl

Ok I checked, she seems completely normal, she will look around for a second figure out where she is and walk away. She doesnt lay there, she just gets up and keeps going.

Sep 14, 2008
A's
by: Cheryl

How often does this happen?

It happens about once or twice a day.

Is he completely normal just before and after this? (Does he just keep playing after flipping or does he lay there for a while?)

Seems to be fine, I will put her down and watch her after and let you know.

Does he only do this on the floor?

She only does it while on the floor, usually after you just sit her down.

How old is your bird?

She is 2 1/2 yrs old

What kind of diet does your bird eat?

She is on a pellet diet.


Sep 13, 2008
Bird flipping over
by: Tracie

Hello Cheryl,

Could you share a little more information about this for the vet?

How often does this happen?

Is he completely normal just before and after this? (Does he just keep playing after flipping or does he lay there for a while?)

Does he only do this on the floor?

How old is your bird?

What kind of diet does your bird eat?

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