head bobbing & wing twitch on blue & gold macaw

by eddie s
(deerpark ny)

i have a 7 month old blue & gold macaw. about a month ago she started to bob her head up & down slowly & her wing will twitch. every time she twitchs her wing she makes a little noice.any idea what it is

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Jan 11, 2018
wing twitch
by: Anonymous

My 6 month old scarlet macaw do the same, every time she twitchs her wing she makes a little noise

May 23, 2014
Yep, My Greenwing Macaw does the same thing at 1 yr old
by: AJ

Thank you guys for posting this behavior!! My 1 yr old Greenwing Macaw does the SAME EXACT THING. I started to panic for a while thinking it was a medical issue, but you helped reassure our thoughts that the behavior is "baby-like" and he may just be hungry for food and/or attention.

Good job guys!!

Jan 06, 2013
by: Adam

I have a 7 month old Greenwing, I have owned him for the past 3 months, he has been a great bird but for the past 4 days he's been having the same symptoms as your bird, he gets lots of attention, food, large cage. Took him to an avian doctor, he said he can't find anything wrong with him, I am very worried for my bird. Please help!

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Dec 18, 2012
My bird too!
by: Codi

I also have a blue and gold macaw who is fixing to be 7 months old. He just started doing the exact same thing. A very slow head bob followed by throwing his wing out (most of the time the left one) and a quite squawk. All the time in about 15 to 20 second intervals. I can't decide if it is a twitch or if he is doing it because he "feels" off balance. Did you ever find out what was wrong? I am so very concerned and took him to vet who didn't seem to be much help but did draw his blood and charge me a load of money for it. I am still waiting on the blood results.

Feb 15, 2012
Young bird head bobbing
by: The Avian Vet

This is a normal baby macaw behavior, generally it means they are hungry, maybe for food, but maybe for attention. If you have not had your baby checked up by a veterinarian, you should have it done soon. Although this behavior usually means nothing, occasionally a bacterial or yeast infections can cause this behavior too.

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