Conure sudden death

by Brenda
(Ludlow, Mass. USA)

My 2 year old conure was happy and appeared normal and healthy, then suddenly went into her cage and started having respiratory distress. She died within 10 minutes. The only thing different in her environment was that I had bought and feed her a new kind of papaya (which she loved!!).

This food was purchased at a pet store and was for birds. She had had some on Saturday morning, then again Sunday morning and was dead by Sunday night. Could this have somehow been toxic for her? Should I notify the place where I bought it in case there is something wrong with this product? Is there any way I can find out for sure what happened to her?

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Oct 12, 2016
RIP my dearest Zazu --I love you
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about your bird. Our 5 yr old Zazu died today suddenly, im devastated...he was fine this morning - he was eating some papaya which I just bought from the parrot store, don't know what caused his death- he was fine when I left the house at 9am - very happy calling after me and saying "see you" --soooh sweet I will miss him terribly.

Oct 11, 2016
In response to brenda from ludlow
by: Jenna

Brenda! So sorry for your loss. My little sisters best friend/conure died this evening rather quickly. It was disgustingly awful. I've been looking things up for,hours and have found that these birds need to be kept at an 80 degree temperature; when you love in,her England (I'm from monson...hello fellow,neighbor!) you should have a full spectrum lamp on them for a period of time during the day so they get vitamin d and heat, and also a hearing pad below their,cage at night. They need at least 11-13 hours of uninterrupted sleep/rest a day. Do not buy foods or treats from pet stores...they have been sitting on the shelf and can geow mold and they usually have sulfur as a preservative that is lethal to birds. Whole foods shopping! I am going to buy my little sister a hospital cage I'm case this happens again in the future if and when she chooses to get another conure. They are kept at a set temperature. Warmth and fluids are essential to a sick bird. Birds will usually hide their symptoms of being sick but,if,you are lucky enough to be home and witness labored breathing when their tails are bobbing up and down with their body, they're closing their eyes/seem sluggish, and look puffy (they're chilled trying to stay warm)-try feeding them pedialyte via a dropper and keep them in a 90 degree hospital cage-and get them to a vet ASAP! Our bird died in an hour. Sickeningly sad.
Where did you purchase your bird Brenda? Im,curious if they were sick when,we purchased them since we live,so close.

Oct 11, 2016
by: Anonymous

This is,in response to the first comps,t written by Brenda from ludlow, ma. I'm curious to hear more about your conure. My little sisters just died after owning her for 3-4 months. It was awful and she is devastated. The bird was not even a year old yet. Im curious because we live in monson, ma. After spending all night doing some research I have found that these birds may have been sick for a while from the breeder or,pet store; and living here in New England I didn't realize we should've had a full,spectrum lamp on her during the day And getti,g pad below the cage at night :( so much I have found. Where did you purchase your bird?

Sep 10, 2016
Porridge Kaiko (cake-ko)
by: Anonymous

We came back from our grandparents and our little guy always greats us as soon as we walk in. But today was different. We were putting things away and I went to talk to kaiko and I saw him their dead. We were crying as he layed lifeless. We got all of his favorite things like his bell and favorite snacks and we buried him. It was the saddest day of my life.Then the next day, we were all in the living room and his swing was moving by itself. I hope he didn't suffer.

Aug 30, 2016
i miss you chico
by: jubba

few days ago chico died my green cheek, he was my best friend, he was so smart and gave so much love.i dont know why he died maybe he was sick maybe he missed me because i had gone away to my mother in laws house for a few weeks.i feel as because he saw me as his partner and i was gone for so long he became depressed and died my boyfriend was with him everyday playing and holding him and he kept telling me that he was acting weird he slowly stopped saying his name and chirping the way he used too,he stopped playing with his toys. he became week didnt sit on her pirch to much and one morning my boyfriend found him sitting on the pirch quiet with one leg up he was calling his name and chico never responded usually he was so happy to hear someone coming to say hi in the morning. my boyfriend saw he wasnt moving nor responding he looked dried up and like a fake birdie eyes were all blacken, my best friend died it brakes my heart i feel as it is my fault for leaving. he was less then a year old and my boyfriend said in the middle of the night he was crying like never before it was like he knew he was about to die and wanted to die with someone and say bye before he did i miss him with all my heart

Aug 04, 2016
by: Erik

So sorry to hear about Kermit, Kris. Whatever the cause was, it's not your fault. I thought the same thing when I lost my conure, Chicken, early last year. I felt terrible and kept blaming myself, but that only made things worse for me. I found that I could only take comfort in the fact that I gave my bird much love and care, as I'm sure you did with Kermit too. Always remember that you made Kermit happy and gave him a good home, and try not to wonder if you did anything wrong...because you didn't. Remember all those happy moments!

Aug 04, 2016
by: Kris

I arrived home from work this evening and found my poor Kermit (Green Cheek Conure) had passed away. He was 2.5 years old and yesterday was singing and dancing with me but today before work he seemed quiet and distant. My heart is so broken and I can't help but think I did something wrong. He was at the vet last week and they said he was healthy. I miss him so much and the tears just won't stop. I miss my little boy :(

Jun 16, 2016
To Heartbroken
by: Brenda

I am so sorry to hear about your birds passing! Your story brought tears to my eyes and had me recalling when I lost my precious Sammy. There is nothing I can say to make you feel better...but you were BLESSED to have your baby for all those years. I am truly sorry and my thoughts are with you!

Jun 10, 2016
by: itzatwist

My dear sweet Bri died in my arms after 26 years of companionship. My heart is broken & the silence is crushing. The past few days without her have made me realize how much we played, talked & loved on each throughout the day.
We played the game she had invented, then my husband came home & we went outside for about 15 minutes. When we came back in my husband let Bri know we were back & immediately saw that something was wrong. She was down, wings splayed out, eyes dim, in obvious distress. I carefully cuddled her limp body in my hand & pulled her out. Her heart was beating so hard. I held her close, stroking her, talking low & soft till her heart seemed to gentle out & she relaxed her eyes. Suddenly her eyes opened wide & she convulsed hard; head bent under, claws clenched. I managed to relax my sweet baby in my arms for a few more minutes. Then she looked up at me, nibbIed at my arm with her tongue & beak & her claws I clenched. Immediately, her little heart staccato'ed & she was gone.
The silence is heartbreaking.

Jun 08, 2016
by: Anonymous

Me and my sister had gotten a green cheeked turquoise conure who we had named MOCHI and who had just turned 7 months old. He would usually sleep with me and be fully content and happy. We loved him and we knew he loved us but this past night he passed away. I just remember my sister waking me I. The morning telling me he had died right next to me. The night before he seamed fine maybe a bit anxious but fine none the less but I can't help feeling it's my fault done anyone know what could have happened?

Jun 03, 2016
Passing of a buddy
by: John

My Mitred Conure, Jerusalem, died today. Sudden onset of respiratory distress which slowed as I held him and he passed quickly. Always the clown, he will be missed. He was approximately 35 years old.

May 13, 2016
Sun Conure Sudden Death
by: Bob

My wife and I adopted Mandymoo, a gorgeous sun conure from a elderly lady who could no longer care for the parrot. Mandymoo was happy as can be in her new home. She was around 11 to 15 years old. She took to me right off and after a few days of adjusting to her new environment would fly to me wherever in the house I would go. She was very set in her ways,simply stubborn! Her way or the highway!
After a few months she became more attached to my wife,definitely a woman's bird. Mandymoo would go bonkers screeching when wife would get up in the morning & also coming home from work. One evening we went out to eat and when we came home the bird heard us coming in and we heard her making unusual fast paced chirping sounds along with hard flapping of her wings, she then fell off her perch and was gone. It was like she overexcited herself into a heart attack. She always had a well balanced diet and daily fresh well water and her favorite treats. I did notice a few days prior to her end she was unusually gentle coming out of and into her cage and the day before her passing she was on my wife's shoulder who was at the sink doing dishes. It was a thrill to watch the bird climb down her arm into her hand and bath herself under the running water( btw,I did check the temp and water was perfect) So, I guess we'll never know the reason for her passing, perhaps it was just her time but our witnessing it does have merit to the phrase "I'm dying to see you"! RIP Mandymoo

Apr 04, 2016
by: Anonymous

My baby GCC boy... only 2 years old. For the last few days he had been extra chattery and talkative and suddenly, yesterday, silence. I didn't think anything of it since he has his days when he would be pretty quiet. I couldn't take it. He loved me so much that I was the only one who could hold him. But there he lay at the bottom of his cage and eyes half shut. I missed uncovering him this morning and saying good morning to him as he sleepily peeked his head out of his tent to look at me and greet me as he did every morning.

RIP Samson. I love and miss you buddy!

Mar 23, 2016
My sunconur
by: Charlotte

My concur suddenly died. She went on her cage was acting weird screeched and fell dead. Why I don't know

Jan 12, 2016
To Jangos owner
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear about the death of is so very sad! Most of us on this forum have never gotten an answer as to why our birds died...I guess angel birds are needed somewhere! Good luck and my condolences!

Jan 11, 2016
It was so sudden
by: Jango's owner

I didn't realize until I found this page how common sudden death was among conures. This past Saturday night, my own 4.5-year-old grey-headed conure, Jango, went from his usual lively self to dead in only a couple of minutes, right before my eyes.

My mother (to whom Jango was very attached) was visiting, and she opened his cage door to let him either come to her or play on top of his cage. (Jango always spent at least an hour or two a day out of his cage.) In a couple of minutes, he flew out to her. But within a couple of minutes of arriving, he started throwing up -- spitting up lots of bird seed. We thought something must be wrong, and so my mother carried Jango over to his cage. By that time he was too weak to climb to his perch and so sat on the bottom of his cage. I ran and got a heat lamp and plugged it in for him. Then I cut up an apple pear (one of his favorite treats) and put it on the bottom of his cage for him to hopefully eat there if he was too sick to sit on his perch. But as I put the apple pear next to him, he turned around, rolled over, and died.

I'll never forget the wide-eyed look of surprise on Jango's face. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it seemed as if even he was surprised at what was going on.

Anyway, that was it -- from seemingly healthy and happy to dead in only a couple of minutes.

Jango was such a character, and so attached to me and my mother and son, although not so much to my wife and daughter -- although he tolerated my wife! The house is too quiet without him. I'll miss the little guy until the end of my days, that's for sure.

Thanks for this forum to vent. I really can't add anything in the way of knowledge, other than to say spend as much time with your conure as you can.

Nov 17, 2015
Do NOT fly with Delta
by: Tweetie

Yesterday (11-16-15) My sun conure Tweetie passed away. He was 6 years & 10 months old. His death was sudden but there were a few warning signs that I did not catch. On Friday 11-13-15 I had my 2 cats & Tweetie taken to get health certificates done so that my father could fly them to me. I moved & went 2 months without seeing any of them. (No heart break wasn't the cause because I've gone weeks without seeing him before & he's always fine). All 3 certificates were perfect & the vet said that Tweetie was healthy as a horse. The very next day 11-14-15, I flew them out. Delta airlines requires that you pack food & water so that they can feed/water them during their layover. Animals are to be brought 2 hours early. They spent a total of 11 hours traveling with a 6 hour layover. When I picked them up they had their food & water duc taped to the top of their crates but not one of them was opened. My cats were OK. But when I got home & took Tweetie out he was weak & cuddled under my neck nuzzling on me with his wings spread. He was pretty limp. I thought that he was just happy to see me & over excited from that or maybe just a little stressed from traveling.When I set him up & made him a bowl of water he ran straight to it. I The next day on Sunday 11-16-15 I took him to work. He was active & cuddly but still weak. He had only been home a day so I didn't think anything of it. Then the Following day Monday 11-16-15 I took him out of his crate & he sat on my chest while I had breakfast & coffee. What's even worse is that I sat with him for about 15 minutes then I went to put him back in his crate & he wouldn't let go of me which is normal behavior but now looking back that was the last time I held him and kissed him. I went & ran some errands & when I got back to clean & feed him he was gone. From what I've gathered from vets & the situation in general, it's more than likely that he died of heat stroke or being banged around on the flight which would explain the weakness. I called the vet to double check & make sure that he really was ok the day prior & she assured me that there was absolutely nothing wrong with him. Tomorrow I am having a necropsy done to see what the exact cause was.

Oct 24, 2015
conure sudden deaths
by: Erik

Sad to read about Ivy and Bobby, and sorry for your losses. You have my sympathies! Birds can be such delicate creatures, so it's hard to say exactly what causes these sudden deaths. My conure, Chicken, of 8 and a half years died in a similar manner back in February (as I detailed in my post here from back then), and I'm still not sure exactly why. You could get a necropsy done, like I did, but it's still not a guarantee. I got it narrowed down to three possibilities - a reaction to a toxic fume from somewhere, a heart condition or a liver condition. One thing I did find for sure was that my bird was a female, as she was never sexed when I bought her, so I had assumed she was a he for so long. Again, sorry to hear about this...

Oct 19, 2015
sudden conure death
by: Anonymous

Our 8 year old green cheek, Bobby, died yesterday. I am out of town and my husband called to tell me. My son said Bobby looked a bit listless sitting on his perch, and my husband noted in hindsight that Bobby wasn't talking much. He went into his snuggle bed and while my husband was watching tv, Bobby suddenly fell out and was dead. He was seemingly healthy and cheerful, and suddenly this happens. I am stunned and heartbroken. How does happen?

Sep 16, 2015
Sudden Death Green Cheek Conure
by: Sherryl

Wow is all I have to say after reading about all of these beloved GCC's suddenly dying. Ivy was just six months old and was my beloved companion for not quite two months. She was finally getting her feathers back from a molt and was starting to trust me. I came home from work this evening to find her sitting at the bottom of her cage listless. She was my first parrot but not my first bird. I tried finding a vet that would look at her after-hours and was saddened to learn that the only avian vet in town wasn't accepting new patients. So, two hours of her shallow breathing later and one shudder she died in my hands. We hadn't known each other for very long but my grief and sadness following her departure are very real and painful. I have moved her cage and toys out of sight and continue to replay the past 24 hours over and over wondering what happened and why so suddenly. Seems as though my experience isn't so unusual. Little did I know just how much a part of my life she already was until she was gone. Love and miss you Ivy RIP!

Jul 27, 2015
To Anonymous
by: Erik

Sorry for your loss. I think it depends on how you feel and how you go through the grieving process, but I'd wait at least a little bit before making any decision. Not too long after I lost my conure, our cat died (totally different causes). It took my wife and I about a month or so before we knew it was time to get a new pet. We reached a point where we hated coming home night after night to an empty house with no loving pets waiting to greet us. We welcomed two adolescent rescue cats (sisters) into our home and it helped to ease the pain and the grieving process. We had no intention of replacing our cat who had passed away (for they all have very different personalities), but the presence of other pets brought us joy in a time when there was sadness. I imagine I'd feel the same way had I got another bird down the road.
I think you and your family will know when it's time, if you choose to get another conure.

Jul 27, 2015
Our baby girl died last night
by: Anonymous

Our beautiful little baby girl was only 3 months old and when my daughter woke up today she was gone. We want to know what happened to her. Is it something we did? but after reading all your posts I realize we will never know. Did any of you get another conure? My little girl is so attached. If you did, did it help?

Jul 11, 2015
To LD's owner
by: Erik

So sorry to hear of LD's sudden passing. I learned that so many things can cause this when my beloved conure of 8 1/2 years suddenly died back in February. I'm still not entirely sure why it happened, as there were a few possibilities listed from the necropsy. They can be fragile little creatures, and are masters at hiding sickness. It still breaks my heart thinking about what happened, but one thing we can take comfort in is that we gave our precious birds lots of love and care.

Jul 08, 2015
Heart broken at my baby birds sudden death
by: Anonymous

last year my pair of conures successfully bred a single chick I named LD. I hand fed LD from 10 days old, to say be had a bond would not even come close. LD was healthy last night and first thing this morning however, at 10am when I went to feed their latest chick (Charlie) I found my beloved LD lay cold at the bottom of the cage.

I have no idea why LD died, that bird was amazing.

Jun 16, 2015
My condolences to all of you and my thanks!
by: Brenda

I am the person who originally started this post several years ago, and it warms my heart to see that there are such wonderful loving people out there as each and every one of you are. It takes a special type of person to love selflessly, and you all are that type. Birds are so very special and have huge personalities...but alot of people never realize that. It is a blessing to love and be loved by one. My heart broke when my Sammy died...I beat myself up over giving her that papaya, but have come to realize listening to all of you that it could have simply been anything. And even a necropsy might not have given me any closure. I loved my little girl (they originally told me she was a boy, thus the name Sammy...but it stuck even when we found out she was a girl!) and she loved me...she would nuzzle my check, 'clean' me, ride on my shoulder every second I was there. She sang country with me and danced with me. She said 'what are doing' and 'I love you', amongst many other things. I tear up just thinking about her. I have not gotten the courage to get another bird...I guess there is still guilt that I did something wrong...but listening to all your stories has helped. Thanks to each of condolences..and PLEASE...if any of you have found success with another bird...share your JOY too.

Jun 15, 2015
My condolences about Chopper
by: Anonymous

So sorry about Chopper, Anonymous. I felt the exact same way when I lost my green cheek conure, Chicken, back in Feb. She was fine for most of the day, and when I came in from shoveling the snow, she had passed. I blamed myself for not being there with her for those couple hours, but I realized it wasn't my fault. And it's not your fault either. Just know that you gave your little bird a good home with all the love he deserved.

Jun 15, 2015
Chopper's Eology
by: Anonymous

Tonight, the love of my life, Chopper, my sweet green cheek conure died. I only had him for a little over a year, but I cannot express the grief I feel over his sudden passing. Chopper spent the whole day as close to me as he could get. I wish I had known he would pass in the mere two hours I was gone. maybe I could have done something. It kills me that I was not there with him when he went. Pet owners everywhere. Cherish your pets. Hold them close. Look them in the eyes and tell them you love them. I would give anything to have Chopper here with me again, just for a moment. i love you Chopper.

Jun 09, 2015
Thanks, Eric
by: Anonymous

I had also been feeling stupid & guilty that it hadn't occurred to me to have a necropsy performed. Based on your post, it appears that that would not likely have been conclusive anyway. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 03, 2015
Re: Sudden Death Explanation?
by: Erik

To Anonymous,

I'm still not 100% sure what caused my conure's death, but the necropsy revealed a few possibilities. Her heart was a tad larger than normal, there were some mast cells in her air sacs (meaning it could have been a toxic fume), and there was also something detected with the liver. It could have been one of those things, but there was no way to know for sure. Birds can be so delicate. I was beating myself up about this for quite awhile, but people (including my vet) repeatedly told me that it wasn't my fault. I learned to take comfort in the fact that I gave my bird plenty of love, and that she had a wonderful eight and a half years.
And to everyone here: Sorry for the loss of your beloved companions. May they always live on in your memories and be close to your hearts.

Jun 03, 2015
Sudden death explanation?
by: Anonymous

I have read numerous comments from others, discussing their conure's unexplained death. Some people even had a necropsy performed. However, no one has provided any answers. I, too, am tortured by the sudden death of my beloved green cheek at the age of 8 years. I thought I took all the necessary care precautions--I didn't give him chlorinated water, or feed him foods known to be toxic to parrots, or give him salted snacks, or expose him to fumes from cleaning products or artificial fragrances..... Yet I still feel that I must have done something wrong. Does anyone have any information (other than pure conjecture) as to what typically causes such a sudden death?

Apr 19, 2015
by: Anonymous

My jenday canure died this morning. I am so sad I can' stop crying. She was 21, very healthy and full of personality. Yesterday she got diarrhea in the afternoon and her head started wobbling. She was still eating and drinking water. Early this morning she dies at the bottom of her cage. I am devastated and confused. I thought her species lived at least 30 yrs. Sigh!!

Mar 31, 2015
by: Anonymous

My beautiful wonderful conure unexpectly died today. I'm so devastated. She was with me all the time. She was fine when I put her to bed. I keep blaming myself that I must of done something wrong. I recently moved but she was doing great. My mother in law had the spray guy come over, that's the only thing I can think of. I'm lost without her.
R.i.p Cruz/tweetie I'll never forget you. I don't know how I became so attached ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Feb 02, 2015
Just lost my beautiful friend
by: Erik

Like sadgirl below, my 8 and a half year old cinnamon green cheek conure suddenly died last night. I put him in his cage so I could go shovel the driveway, and when I came back in, he was lying at the bottom of the cage. Earlier in the day he was totally fine and looked healthy, showing all the positive signs. I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken, because the little guy was bonded with me, and the feeling was mutual. I'm so grief stricken now. I dropped him off at the vet earlier today for a necropsy and cremation, because I just have to know. I keep wondering if I did something wrong, and I wish I had a chance to say goodbye to my best friend. :(

Jan 31, 2015
by: sally

one day i woke up to get ready for school and my dad went to the cage and all the sudden he says oh no and i run to the cage and she is on the bottom of the cage . and she was 3 months old. how did this happen???

Jan 26, 2015
Just so sad and surprised
by: sadgirl

a few hours before my baby conure died he was fine and was showing no symptoms of anything at all. All of a sudden I heard a thump in his cage like I've never heard before. He was slowly flapping his wings and his eyes were wide and he was breathing strange , I started crying and calling every vet I could think of, but soon enough he died in my hands. It was such a shock I still can't believe it. He was fine. He was about 7years old. I felt it was my fault, but what?? He was fine like always :(
I miss my little buddy so much! I'm so distraught . Didn't know this was a common thing.

Dec 31, 2014
Liz, need necropsy to know
by: Tracie

Liz, you would need to have a necropsy done to know, but just by asking if it may have been something the bird ate rings alarm bells for me.

Your bird should be eating 80% high quality pellets, and only 20% healthy, bird safe treats. If you are feeding your bird off your plate, and the food has salt, seasonings and chemicals, you are simply shortening the life of your bird.

If your bird gets out of the cage in a room that is not bird safe, the bird can get disease from stuff brought in on your shoes from outside, can chew toxic things around the house etc.

Dec 30, 2014
Green Cheek Conure
by: Liz

My Mom's Green Cheek Conure, which we were all soo attach too, just passed away today..i can't stop thinking of him and my mom can't stop crying..he was fine these passed days and today afternoon all of a sudden he started walking funny and made this weird noise,like he couldn't breath then he layed on his back and started twisting his neck and puked. I feel horrible i coudln't do anything for him. Does anyone know if he died of a disease or maybe something he ate? Anyone had a similar experince with their green cheek?

Dec 15, 2014
My son's conure died as well, OSU does necropsy
by: Kim Dayton

My son's concure died suddenly as well. Just the same as what all other comments are saying. He was happy and well taken care of. My son is devastated, we just want to know what happened. I asked our vet if they did autopsy to find out what the cause was. They recommended OSU Veterinarian Medical Center. They do necropsy which is an autopsy. I contacted them and they do this for $100 or $125 if you want them to cremate. I had to send his body overnight and filled out a form they emailed me. They will provide a report within a few days as to any visual cause of death. They also do pathology which takes 3-4 months to determine if any disease might be the cause. If you want to contact them and still have the remains call 614-247-4795. I talked to Jenny, she provided all the instructions. OSUVMC is located at 601 Vernan L. Tharp, Columbus, OH 43210. I hope to find out something in a few days. Best of luck to all of you.

Nov 04, 2014
Shay and Storm
by: Dawn

About 2 1/2 months ago, my son and I adopted two green cheek comures from an older couple who no longer had time for them. They were siblings, Shay and Storm, and about 8 months old. They rarely got attention or were handled with their previous owners. Within a week, Shay was on my shoulder and very affectionate, and Storm was ruling the roost. About three weeks ago, Shay was playing and she just fell to the bottom of her cage. After several minutes of lethargic behavior, she had what appeared to be a massive seizure and died. I was devastated. Tonight, the very same thing happened to Storm. I am heartbroken, angry and confused... I am an experienced parrot owner and know how to properly care for my birds. We follow all the rules of bird ownership. Unless these birds were sick or predisposed to something before we got them, I have no idea what happened. My son and I are so sad because we miss our babies.

Oct 23, 2014
Dusty Bird. the maroon bellied conure
by: craig

My best friend of the last 20 years died on Tuesday morning. Dusty Bird was a maroon bellied conure I bought from a friend in 1995 before he moved back to the USA. She was only a year or two old when I got her and although not quite hand tame, with perseverance she became very friendly and quite a clown.

She's been a constant companion and a big part of my life for so long. Her corner of the room feels very empty and every time I walk into the room i expect her to greet me with her usual clicks, whistles chirps and her attempt to say hello.

She could only say a handful of words, her favorite word was toast which was good because toast was her favorite food. Everything she drank she called beer. When hungry she would shout "giiii (give me) toast." Occasionally she would call herself "Dusty Toast Bird" which always made me laugh. Unfortunately she liked to bite me when I laughed and she was on my shoulder.

Oct 11, 2014
by: CJ Wesloski

I don't know why my green cheek conure died. He was only 7 months old. It's fair to say I loved him he was my first and only bird. He loved to cuddle under my neck and sleep, go for rides and was always excited to see me. So excited he was shaking, I couldn't bare to leave him alone. I was always gentle and caring. Last night he cuddled up to me and just died. He showed no sickness at all and he was not crushed. I blame myself for his death but I don't even know how he died, I'm destroyed with this incident and I am relived to see I'm not the only one. I just don't know what happened. I was doing everything right and cared for him so much. I'm sorry I love you Maverick

Sep 18, 2014
My Buddy's dead
by: Joe Angel

My conure buddy who I've had for four year, I found him dead at the bottom of his cage after he was full of life and up to his mean usual self picking on my other conure Lilly. I found him with his eyes pecked out, I wonder if Lilly had enough, he was usually the aggressor and she always backed away, and they always huddles together to sleep in their bird tent. Not knowing the cause of his death is disturbing. Lilly is perfectly fine, I found him at the bottom of his cage with his wings spread out with no more life in him. I have recently changed their food to a kaytee parrot food with different dried fruits in it and nuts. I wonder if this was the cause....

Aug 08, 2014
My Tangie
by: Anonymous

This morning my beautiful full of life conure was on my shoulder as I did my daily to dos. Everything seemed completely fine. After arriving home from work just 6 hours later she laid on the bottom of her cage like she just fell over. I can't even begin to describe the heart ache I feel.

Jul 30, 2013
Our Sweet Conure Suddenly Died
by: Rebecca

I am so glad to have found this thread. I lost my sweet greek cheeked conure died suddenly two days ago. I have been in deep, unrelenting grief and have found a small comfort in finding that others who have had their dear friends unexpectedly leave them.

My conure, Cheeky, was my best friend. He filled a hole in my heart that I desperately needed. Whenever I was home, he was with me: on my shoulder, head, on the pillow next to me, nuzzled under my ear or next to my jaw. He wanted to be wherever I was and wanted to do whatever I was doing. He had such a large personality, bossing around our two cats, chasing them in circles around our kitchen island laughing at them. He talked to our cats in what sounded like English, but not to me or my boyfriend. I would purse my lips out and he would side-step and lean in with his beak. At night, in his cage, when we were in bed, he would make kissing sounds at me and we would make kissing sounds back and forth to each other for a good few minutes. He would screech and scream when we came home, filled with excited energy and burst out of his cage when we let him out. He was only in his cage when we were gone (which was never for too long and sometimes we would leave him out when we were gone), when we were asleep, and when we fed our cats. He was free and loved as our child.

Cheeky had acted a little moody three nights ago, complaining when we touched him, making more noise than usual, but nothing too alarming. When I came home on Sunday afternoon, he was still in his cage even though we had left it open. I thought that he was just in a mood. I was on the phone when he flew on my leg, weakly walking up toward my face. I noticed a little bit of feces on my arm and then looked at his underside and saw more stuck to his feathers. It was right then when I knew that something was terribly wrong. I took him to the living room and told my boyfriend that I didn't know what was wrong, but to just be ready for anything. I just KNEW that my sweet baby was dying. His legs couldn't hold himself up very well and refused to eat or drink. I called the avian vet, but he offered no help. He just told my to give him fruit juice. It was then when I told my boyfriend that we should prepare for him to pass on and just spend his last moments loving him and comforting him. We laid down together with Cheeky on my chest, over my heart. I had my hand gently on his back, feeling his breathing. I kissed him and petted him, said his name and told him that it was okay. In his final moment, he started squawking and flapping his wings and then he was gone. We were traumatized. We don't know why he did that at the very end.

We weren't looking for a bird when Cheeky came into our lives. He literally fell out of the sky onto my boyfriend's head, choosing him to be his papa. We brought him home and our lives have forever been changed by our sweet baby bird. We miss him so much.

Jan 30, 2013
Sweet Pea
by: Jan-Ellen

Sweet Pea, our 20 year old conure, dies in his sleep last night. But he shouldn't have. Twenty years old is still young for conures. He was a happy, alert, healthy bird who had never had any health issues at all, except for a sprained toe a few years ago (by the way, it was from those wooden-block-rope-toys. He got a foot tangled in the fringe.).
He played every day in an open top cage, coming and going, and flew around to dry off on bath days :o). We put him to bed at 8 pm every night of those 20 years in a small cage in our bedroom, otherwise he would get "goofy" and never go to sleep. He was on the cage bottom this morning, dead. He still had his face and beak tucked under his wing for sleep, and his feet looked as though he had just slipped off the perch. His bright orange "bloomers" stood out, and despite the fact he was dead, (I was in shock) they still looked cute to me. I took him out, held him. I put him in a baggie to place his body in the fridge for burial later, and then made my coffee and got ready to leave. THEN it hit me, and I cried and cried. I had hand raised him from the time he was all pink goosebumps and bobble-headed, unable to even support his own head. He looked like a dinosaur :o).
But to add, the only changes we had made recently were we bought some millet at the pet store a couple weeks ago. it was berry flavored. I always bought the regular, but for some reason I got berry. I checked it out good as always, no bugs or mealy webs in the bag corners, or mold, or even musty smells, as I always do. It was fresh. I will check the bag later to see where it came from. If it was China, then we know. But he has been eating it and was A-OK. It sounds more like he smothered himself in his own wing, the CO2 must have built up under it, and he just pur himself to sleep re-breathing the air he exhaled. There was no muss of struggle to his feathers, he looked just alseep to me, but was cold and stiff. I am convinced it was parrot "SIDS". Nothing else makes sense. I haven't the heart to even think about cleaning his cages out. :'o(

Apr 16, 2011
Sun Conure sudden death
by: Tony

I was given a sun conure by a friend who didnt have the time and patience to give him the attention he needed. He ws about 3months old when I got him and we bonded instantly. It wasnt long before my life revolved around him and he showed me much love. He would always go to other people but never let me too far from his sight,and spent alot of time down my shirt. He made my house a home.So much character and personality in such a small package.Just before he died he was being super affectionate with me sitting on my shoulder then he sqwarked like somthing was after him and he flew off my shoulder and landed in the garden a couple of steps in front of me I went to pick him up but he was dead. The not knowing exactly what happened is the hardest thing.I live on an island off the coast of Australia and recently lost my house and contents in a cyclone,but I survived with my bird and he got me through a tough time. He wasnt even 12months old,way too young. I miss him so much.

Oct 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thank You for placing my comment on Oct.16/10. I want to add more info. Tiki had laid 14 eggs in the last year and a half, she looked chubby and her eye lids would, and a day or two later her egg would drop to the bottom of the cage, and then she became her normal self again. I do believe she was a one person parrot, she did not bite, allowed me to pet and feed her, and once in awhile would fly 6 or 7 ft. and land on my shoulder, I would walk around the apartment with her, she loved that. When other people were around, she would become a little aggressive, she seemed to prefer women over men. She was my son's parrot, but he would bring her to me in his car( in her cage) quite often. She bit my son's ear extremely hard a few weeks ago even though she was always calm with him. She would let him kiss her, and crawl up and down his shoulder and pant leg. The main reason I am adding this info is that her death may have something to do with all the eggs she has laid. Thanks again for listening, Ellen I guess we will never know the real reason why we lost her.

Oct 16, 2010
sudden death-sun conure
by: Anonymous

My sun conure was 5 yrs.old, I left her outside her cage, I had done this dozens of times, she loved going in and out her cage, she had her food & drink, and did not fly around. When I came back she was on the floor beside her cage. I am devastated, I feel responsible, it looked like she had dropped from the top of her cage to the floor. I feel it may have been different if I had placed her inside. My son & I placed her (wrapped in her comfort towel) at the family plot under the mulberry tree. Help me, I can't go by the kitchen whereher cage was without crying. Ellen

Jan 04, 2010
by: Anonymous

Exactly the same thing happened to us with our little green cheeked conure, except she was only just over a year old... its very sad. We were so careful with everything we fed her and used no chemicals around her. However, we also gave her dried fruit as a treat and now I suspect it may have been preserved in an unhealthy way for our bird. It happened on Sunday and really within 5 minutes of our bird being sick she had died. But it occurs to me that the fruit was in her coop cup for three days- she did not really touch it. So maybe she was not healthy from the start- she was purchased in a pet store and had been there for 3 months prior to our purchase- so we have no idea about her breeder or anything.
It is all very sad and we will miss our pet parrot greatly.

Oct 12, 2009
Sudden Death
by: Linda

As Tracie said, a necropsy has to be performed immediately after death.

The Papaya you gave her may be directly related to her death. It should have been a safe product since you bought it from a petstore, and I have worked in bird stores where some products on shelves were growing mold and still for sale. The other thing about dried fruit is if sulphur was used as a preservative. Sulphur products are poison for birds.


I am so sorry about your loss, and a little advice: always buy your dried and fresh fruit and veggies in a health food store or coop and ASK if the dried fruit was preserved with sulphur. Most times, it says on package or bin that it WAS NOT PRESERVED WITH SULPHUR, if not, ask. This will help you in future. As I said, I've worked in a few pet stores and exclusively bird stores, and the things they sometimes have on their shelves they call bird food is frightening.

I don't trust pet stores and their foods. If buying foods from them, be sure to read complete list of ingredients and stay away from their dried fruit and veggies. There are many bird foods on the market that are expensive and also contain a preservatives and other poisons. Packaging looks good, and once you read the ingredients list, you will know they are poison for your bird. Also, do not buy another bird from a pet store. Find breeder(s) in your area or close enough to drive to buy your next bird. Ask if you can have a tour of the facility to see how clean it is overall, and question breeder about HOW MANY BIRDS THEY ARE BREEDING. Some of these breeders are what is called bird mills like with dogs and cats. Most breeders will not let you back into the area where birds are actually sitting on eggs, but you can see everything else like flights for adults and juveniles who are not breeding.If you see filthy flights or birds sitting all fluffed up and not active, you are looking at a bad situation. Most pet stores buy from the bird mill breeders, and most all their birds are sick at time of purchase.

Our hearts go out to you, and grieving takes time, so take time to remember your little bird and all the wonderful times you had together. Celebrate her life and work through her loss. Before getting another bird, make sure cage, perches and toys have been cleaned. One teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water is enough to kill any bacteria or virus. Rinse very well and leave all to dry in the sun if you can, and then you'll be ready to start again. Take your new bird to vet immediately to rule out any illnesses or problems with internal organs.


Oct 12, 2009
Conure died suddenly
by: Tracie

Dr B can not help with this, because he can not examine your bird, sorry. The only way to determine the cause of death would be to take the bird to an avian vet for a necropsy right after it died.

Many things could have caused it's death. If you have any items in your house that have Teflon, an iron, ironing board cover, toaster oven, pots, pans etc. the fumes could have killed the bird.

Teflon is not the only toxic thing, there is a host of other possibilities that only a necropsy would be able to show.

I am very sorry this happened. It can be devastating to lose a bird.

If you wish to see some of the items that are toxic to birds, please read our Non Toxic / Toxic for birds page.

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