I think she is yawning. Not sure.

by William Young
(Louisville, Ky, USA)

My Cockatiel is opening her beak alot wide for a couple seconds, closing her eyes, and twitching her head. I hope she is okay.

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Dec 24, 2014
Yawning cockatiel
by: Crystal

Hello, I had a pet cockatiel and she had the same problem. It is a deficiency which can be rectified by a supplement. I can't remember what the deficiency was but we bought these little bell shaped chalky treats and she stopped the behaviour. Your vet should help with this.

Jan 02, 2014
I think she is yawning not sure.
by: A

During the holidays our homes tend to fill with people, lots of excitement, new noises sounds smells. Sometimes we tend to stay up later than normal. Holidays tend to be stressful on our birds.

My avian vet recommends 10-14 hours per night of sleep for a bird. My birds go to bed at 8 and are up talking at 7 am. Happy and ready to start their day.

My birds have not exactly gotten all the sleep they needed a time or two during this season. So they are yawning and trying to nap the following day.

I would try making sure your bird is getting the sleep required. Make sure it's a nice dark quiet room when they are ready to roost. Try keeping to a scheduled bedtime every night, and if they are covered at night, be sure to uncover them about the same the same time each morning.

My birds each morning I say a morning phrase like good morning, wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey. So when they are awake, that's the que to let me know they are awake. I do the same at bedtime... So they tell me night, night, when they're ready for bed.

Teaching your bird(s) que words to say is helpful.
Remember 10-14 hrs is what a bird requires. Try this see if it works to reduce yawning type behavior.
If not than a trip to the Avian vet would be a great idea.

Hope it works out! Good luck !

Jan 02, 2014
Bird yawning
by: Tracie

Is this new behavior? How long have you had this bird? Yawning is normal, consistent yawning all day long is not normal.

If this is new behavior, please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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