cockatiel stops talking

Hi, I've had a male cockatiel since he was 2 months old. He's now just about a year old. He had been talkng for about 7 months. Just a handful of words and phrases, but frequently throughout the day. He would also call out to me many times during the day.

This past week, he hasn't said one word. He doesn't call out to me and the only sound he makes is a chirping sound.

He's very healthy and eats fine otherwise.

Please advise and Thank you
Theresa

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Aug 14, 2016
Cockateil that has stopped talking
by: Anonymous

Cockatiel is 2 years old and was very talkative until we went away for 6 weeks .She was cared for by friends. Since we have been home now form our trip she speaks very little infact she speaks less as the weeks pass. We have been home now for 5 weeks. Could the change of environment contributed to the change in her or could she be sick? She still eats well and still chirps.

Editor's Note: It could be sick, it's hard to know.

Feb 26, 2016
What ever happened?
by: Anonymous

I was wondering what ever happened to your cockatiel that stopped talking? I am in the exact same situation as you were....absolutely healthy bird in every way but just no "words" or special whistles. Did you end up taking him to the vet?

May 07, 2010
Bird stopped talking
by: The Avian Vet

Your bird needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian immediately. One of the first signs of illness is to stop vocalizing and talking.

Dr B

May 06, 2010
cockatiel stops talking
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing because your bird needs to be taken to an Avian Vet to be checked out for infections. The reason I'm saying this is that ANYTIME a bird changes any part of what he usually does, then that is the first sign of a possible physical problem in the making or one already present.

You mentioned he is still eating. Well, when they are sick enough to stop eating, they are near death, so we don't want to go there.

If nothing has changed in his environment, like moving his cage or changing toys or any new pets, then I would say he is beginning to feel the effects of an illness, and will need to be seen by an Avian Vet. Have the vet do a throat swab when they check for bacterial infections because just doing the anal swab is very unreliable as there is ALWAYS some type of bacteria there. For a true picture of possible bacterial infection, the throat swab will show it clearly since no bacteria should be in the throat.Birds have no gram negative bacteria and have only gram positive. We and all other animals have gram negative bacteria, and this can be transferred to our birds at any time and in many ways.

So, if you have not changed anything in your home or in his room or cage area, then he needs to go to the Avian Vet. Do not give him any over the counter meds including and especially those found in pet stores, and never use home remedies with birds without first checking with Avian Vet. Sometimes people will give you their "Works Wonders" home remedies, and for the most part, they MAY have worked for them, and probably won't for you. Time wasted in home remedies is better spent going to a REAL DOCTOR and getting a REAL DIAGNOSIS AND REAL TREATMENT.

Again, thanks for writing and for being so observant of your little bird's behavior. Birds hide their illnesses, and only a watchful owner will catch them before they've done too much damage. Kudos to YOU and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
Linda

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