i think my parakeet killed my cocatiel can you tell me what happend?

by glen

I was sleeping and i heard a loud screetching sound as well as some feather flapping , and then i heard my birds hit the floor. When i looked they were both behind the cage with what seemed like broken necks but dead. My parakeet seemed like a dominant bird and the cocatiel was only 4 months old. I assume that my parakeet was 3 years old and he possibly ambushed the cocatiel at night before the incident to cause the death. If you have ever heard anything like this or have any information on how or why it happend please contact me and let me know thank u

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Oct 28, 2011
That just happened to me now
by: Vineeth G. Mohan

My poor parakeet was killed by its own brother today. I came home from school and I saw it dead with wounds all over feet and head.

I have noticed those 2 have been fighting with each other for the past week or so. They would periodically roll around on the cage and chase each other around.

I never thought this was anything serious, and as how they have lived together for over 2 years, I didn't expect one of them to get killed like this. There were also 5 other birds in the cage and the brother only picked on that bird.


Aug 05, 2009
by: Linda

Yes, they could have flown into the wall and broken their necks. If birds are disturbed by anything during the night, they start a behavior called "thrashing" which means they are upset to the point they don't know what they are doing. When this happens, all manner of accidents can occur including broken feathers, wings legs and yes, even flying into a wall.

In future, never leave your birds uncaged at night. Everyone should be securely locked down for the night with covers on their cages so if a dog or cat or something moves during the night, they will be less apt to be hurt. Make sure cages are safe with no sharp areas on sides or bottoms in case they do fall off perches and thrash.

The other important thing to remember is that Budgies are aggressive little birds and are natural bullies. They don't care what size the other bird is, so never put them together with other more docile birds like the Cockie.

In this case, I think the fact they were not in their separate cages caused this unfortunate accident. I have never seen a Budgie attack with enough force to hurt a bird as large as the Cockie. What they will do is to push the other bird around and bite feet and toes causing some nasty wounds requiring an Avian vet's assistance.

If you decide to get new birds, make sure they each have a cage that is safe with no sharp places anywhere, toys that are not crowded together leaving them no room to move around. Cages should always be roomy allowing birds to spread their wings out fully to flap if they feel like it.

What Tracie said about the food is also very important. A good organic pelleted diet and a few veggies and a little fruit are always welcome treats. Veggies and fruit should not be more than 10% of a bird's diet. No table food, no peanuts and/or other fat nuts should be fed.

We are all very sorry for your loss, and hopefully next time, you will have your birds set up properly so they remain safe even if disturbed during the night. The covers really work well to make them feel safe and secure.


Aug 05, 2009
Bird died
by: Tracie

Neither Dr B nor anyone can really tell you why your bird(s) died without a necropsy. It is best to never allow birds out together unattended, and if one bird is a bully, then that bird should never be allowed out with other birds.

If your birds are not on a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's, then it is possible the bird had a stroke.

I honestly can not tell if both birds died or one bird died from your description. Since you did not see what happened, it is possible they flew into the wall and broke their necks also.

I am sorry for your loss.

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