Female parrotlet chews her tongue

by Emily
(Irvine, CA, USA)

My female parrotlet has started sometimes poking her tongue out the side of her beak and chewing it, this began about a week ago. It is not bleeding or showing any signs of damage, my male parrotlet that lives in the neighbouring cage (but whom she enjoys time out togther with) is not doing this. She appears to be more interested in finding nest sites and is sitting in her food dish more frequently, but is not displaying other behavioral changes. I am just curious in case this is indicative of any serious health concerns.

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Aug 07, 2011
Parrotlet chewing tongue
by: The Avian Vet

Tongue chewing is a side effect of a drug called Haldol. I assume your bird is not being treated with this or other drugs. Otherwise this can be a behavior not associate with health conditions, but it could be related to anxiety, reproductive behaviors and even health problems such as crop infection, oral foreign body, or oral infection. I recommend that you take her to see an avian veterinarian.

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