Cockatoo quivering when touched

Hello! My 4-year-old Goffin Cockatoo has recently started a strange behavior; sometimes when I pet her back and wings, she makes this quivering motion that's almost like she's convulsing. She doesn't do it every time, but often enough to worry me.


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May 29, 2012
Male Goffin Cockatoo - Hormones?
by: Cindy

I have a 2 year old male goffin and the past 2 months he constantly is trying to put items (food, paper, toys) under his wings. He also keeps rubbing his poop shoot on people's hande and straddles the oranges I give him like he's trying to mate with them. He now has added preenng himself all the time. How long does the hormone thing last in the Spring? Should I take him to the vet for possible other problem? Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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Jan 20, 2012
Cockatoo quivering when touched
by: Linda

This is enough information to be able to tell you to take her to an Avian Vet to be examined for infection or other physical issues. If it has been more than a year since her last exam, then she is due an exam, so now would be good.

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Jan 20, 2012
quivering goffin
by: diamondtia

LOL this sounds like your goffin is doing a normal hormonal thing for cockatoos. I have 5 goffins and the females do this. The first time one of mine did it, I thought it was going into a seizure, but after talking to some goffin breeders and asking EVERYONE I could think of that deals with cockatoos, they all came to the same conclusion. The males don't do this, but the females do.

This is the breeding season right now for the cockatoos and I would advise not touching your bird on it's back or back end when it does this. It seems young for doing this but you never know.

Just to be sure, I would also have her checked by an avian vet.

Watch her to see if she will try to mate with her toys.

Good luck and keep us informed.

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