Nanday throwing up his food

Hi, I have a 10 year Nanday Conure, male, who has started throwing up his seed in big clumps. He eats, then goes over to his favorite rope and lightly hits his beak, head moves up and down, on the rope then brings up his food. He then eats it and does it again. I have heard that if a bird loves you alot they can do this, but when he used to lightly hold my thumb in his beak he would only bring up saliva and I thought, ok, he just loves me.

Now he is 10 years old and never done this before. I took him to the vet and the vet said it was cuz I have spoiled him and he thinks I am his love with me. He is pooping the same, doesnt have any other noticeable changes. I just dont understand why he would all of a sudden start doing this after 10 years and very worried. Can you please help me?

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Jul 05, 2009
In Love
by: Linda

As Tracie said, birds can be "in love" with more than just us. They love their favorite toys and will show them the same affection they do us. Keep an eye on this behavior, and if he does it too much and/or starts to lose any weight, then he is sick and needs to go back to vet. It would be a great idea to invest in a set of bird scales. They are set for grams, and you get a healthy weight for the bird, and weigh him a few times a week if he continues to regurgitate and is not eating it back down. If he starts losing weight, he is a sick bird and needs to be seen again by vet.

If, later on, you feel your vet has made an error in diagnosis or you have noticed your bird getting thinner, take him back to this vet or another Avian vet in your area.

Jul 04, 2009
Nanday regurgitating
by: Tracie

It sounds like your vet is correct. If you really think the vet is wrong and that your bird is sick, then find another avian vet to look at your bird and give you a 2nd opinion.

Dr. B can not really give a 2nd opinion, because he can not examine your bird and run the tests necessary.

Honestly, from what you describe the bird is just showing favor to his favorite toy.

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