Death of 20+ year old Amazon

by Pam Sweitzer
(N. Ridgeville, OH)



My female Amazon died suddenly and unexpectently on Sunday. She was fine all morning - then flew off her cage, landed on the floor and fell over - I immediately picked her up and she was just laying there making an odd noise - a few seconds later she sat up, flew onto my living room floor - spread her wings as far as they could go - cocked her head straight back, let out this ungodly yell and died...she just had received a clean bill of health a month prior...any ideas of what happened to my bird? She was a rescue so I don't know allot about her past - except she did have a bought with a cancerous tumor - that was removed - when she was younger.

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Sep 24, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss
by: Anonymous

I stumbled upon your posting while searching for a clue as to why my own 20+ year old yellow headed amazon suddenly died at 1AM this past Sunday. I have not stopped beating myself up since and know it will take time. These birds make awesome companions and my Sweety will forever be missed. I too just want an answer as to WHY? The worse part of all this for me is realizing that I may have been the cause. You see, I am sorry to say that I have started to burn incense in the house a few months ago. Not regularly, but none the less, there is really no ventilation in the home. It didn't take me long to realize how stupid I was to ever even think of doing such a thing after 20 yrs of having a pure airflow in the home. Sweety was fine when I put her outside at 1PM and was lying on the bottom of the cage at 6PM. At first, I thought maybe a snake got in the cage and strangled her because when I picked her up, her neck was so limp that her head flung backward. She was not breathing well. I took her immediately to emergency vet and she was put on oxygen; given dextrose, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory but it was too late for her. Something happened to suddenly cause her death- or so I thought. Now I am totally convinced it was my own doing. Slowly over a short period of time. I believe now she was receiving frequent small doses of toxic inhalation of the fumes of the incense. I am so sick over this. I feel sad for your loss. It's a terrible feeling to not know how sudden death occurs and I don't know how or when I will heal from my guilt and sorrow. It was suggested that I adopt a new bird; one who really needs a home; one who is not so attractive; one who will accept my love and teach me to forgive myself. I don't know. Thank you for letting me share with you. Again, I am very very sorry for your loss.

Feb 15, 2010
Amazon death
by: Tracie

I am very sorry this happened, an empty cage is hard to look at when our beloved birds die. :-(

Dr B can not help you with why your bird died. It apparently had a seizure of some sort, but the only way to know what caused it would be to take your bird to an avian vet for a necropsy.

Sometimes something in the air causes birds to act like this. I don't want you to beat yourself up over any of this, but you might think back to see if you cleaned with a new cleaner or someone was ironing with a new Teflon iron or ironing board cover etc.

You gave your bird a good life, thank you.

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