Clucking Umbrella cockatoo

by Christine

I have Umbrella cockatoo that has started mutilating herself. While doing that, she is making a clucking sound and trying to hide things under her wings.

She is 12 years old, and I've never had a problem with her before.

I did take her to the vet where he gave her antibiotics and pain medicine. Neither have helped.

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Mar 05, 2010
Umbrella cockatoo mutilating
by: The Avian Vet

You need to get a second opinion. This is not a problem that can be corrected with antibiotics and pain medication. This is usually a multifaceted problem with behavioral and medical factors. An avian veterinarian should do full blood panels, a thorough physical exam, and especially x-rays to diagnose these problems. An experienced avian veterinarian is going to know what questions to ask about diet, environment, history, etc. to get to the cause.

Dr B

Mar 04, 2010
Clucking Umbrella cockatoo
by: Linda

Part of the problem is that she is now of breeding age as the putting things under her wings suggests. The Avian Vet needs to treat her acccordingly because if she does not have any infections or other physical problems, this is an emotional/mental area.

First of all, make sure the Avian Vet has performed correct tests to see about infections. They have to do a THROAT SWAB TO TEST FOR BACTERIAL INFECTIONS as the anal swab is not a reliable test for specific bacterial infection. He also needs to do some basic bloodwork to make sure her kidneys and liver are functioning properly. A CBC might show elevated white blood count as would a WBC pointing to infection. Just have him do the basics and rule out any infection or other physical problems. The pain medication was not warranted unless he had a specific reason that he thought she was in pain. All meds are processed directly into the kidneys and liver as birds have NO fat and hollow bones. If you do not think this vet has done what he should have done, find another one and have the correct procedures followed to rule out physical causes for this problem. Just giving antibiotics and pain meds is NOT FOLLOWING PROTOCOL FOR FINDING OUT WHAT KIND OF INFECTION AND/OR PAIN YOUR BIRD IS EXPERIENCING.

Let us know how this goes because I don't feel your bird has received proper care yet.I could also be wrong about that, I just want you to know that it is sometimes a little more complicated than it sounds like this was. Fact that she is no better backs up my feelings in the matter.


Mar 03, 2010
by: Anonymous

If it were me I would take it back to the vet or to a different vet.

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