My lovebird suddently took ill and died this morning

by Patty
(Louisvillle, KY)

This morning when I came downstairs my black masked lovebird was fluffed up and just nibbled at the treat I offered her. I wrapped her up in a warm felt cover and called around to get an avian vet to see her. I put her back in the cage and was getting ready to take her to the vet when I walked back over to check on her and she had died.

Any ideas? No outward symptoms. She did bite my 16 month old grandson Christmas Eve when my daughter was holding him and got too close to the cage. My grandson had to be taken to Urgent Care the day after Christmas and was diagnosed with strep throat and some virus that causes a rash.

Any connection between the two? Anything zoonitic I need to be concerned with?

Any ideas what killed my lovebird? She was only 8 years old and healthy up until now.

Thanks

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Dec 08, 2015
Sickness
by: Anonymous

I have pair of lovebirds the female one seems sick she just put her head into her wings. And also seems weak what should I do to to make her recover??

Editor's note: Take the bird to an avian vet.

Aug 21, 2015
How is my love bird dying
by: Anonymous

Today my female love bird is at the bottom of the cage. She ia like her eyes are closing and she is going to die. Pls I dont want to see them die can anybody say how to save her.

Editor's note: 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.

Sep 24, 2013
sick bird
by: Justin

Hi, My best advice is to see an avarian vet (bird vet) ASAP, like now. It seems sick so don't wait to see if she gets better!

All the best, Justin

Sep 23, 2013
problem of my love bird
by: Anonymous

i have got a love bird couple.. the female love bird seems to be sick.. i dont have experience regarding birds but i am scared .i dont want it to die. it closes its's eyes several times while the other is fit n full of energy. the female bird has less feathers near neck and tail. what should i do . suggest me some tips for home care please

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Nov 29, 2012
lovebird
by: karyn

My lovebird is very sick. I thpught he was just sleeping with his head tucked in his feathers. Then he started eating a lot and drinking a lot of water. He also seems like he can't see. Im scared. I lobl

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Jan 03, 2012
Justin & Kat
by: Patty

Sorry for your loss, as well. Dr. B told me that birds are good at hiding symptoms. I'm sure that's a 'survival of the fittest' thing in nature. Cats are good at hiding symptoms, as well. I just wish I had caught it sooner, but it is what it is.

Thank you for your comment and sympathy.

Jan 02, 2012
Similar incident
by: Justin & Kat

Hi,

We are sorry for your loss.

We also lost our lovebird on the morning of 31st Dec and was a great shock. He was 7 and seemed very healthy and normal, however after reading information on some sites maybe there were some signs of illness that we missed?? A couple of months ago he started sleeping with his head turned back 180' and buried in his feathers. This was generally during the day and going into summer here and i thought he was just blocking out sun or noise?? He would nap a few times during the day.. is this too much sleep due to illness or normal? At the time we were away on holidays for 2 weeks and he was being looked after by family in good care, but can they sometimes miss their owners too much?

When it happened she was seen in the cage doing normal activities and shortly after found on the bottom of the cage.

Can anyone shed any light? it would be much appreciated.

Thank you

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Jan 02, 2012
Bird died from exposure to strep?
by: The Avian Vet

I am sorry for your loss.

Birds are very good at hiding signs of illness, and likely your bird was sick for a couple of days prior without you being able to tell. Most of these incidences are bacterial infections but other causes can also contribute.

To find out for sue you need to have a necropsy (animal autopsy) done for a diagnosis. There is a slight chance of transferring bacteria from people to birds, but not viruses. I don’t think there is a connection in this case. Other things to think about are nutritional deficiencies, toxins, trauma, and viruses.

Dr B

Dec 31, 2011
Lovebird died after biting a child with strep
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but you need to take the bird right away for a necropsy to determine what caused it's death.

Please Find an Avian Vet in your area to do the necropsy. Dr B will not be able to tell you why your bird died, there are just too many possibilities.

I am very sorry for your loss.

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