Old Lilac Crown constantly squaking

by Matt
(Cincinnati OH)

Our old Lilac Crown has begun squaking for extended periods (hours) during the day. This has been going on for at least a couple of months. She acts relatively normal otherwise. We also have a Yellow Crown Amazon, another Lilac Crown Amazon and a Green Cheek Conure living next to her. The other birds are about 10 years old and are healthy.

We bought her about 10 years ago. The Vet said at the time that she was easily over 20 years old but wasn't sure how old. She was over-weight and most of the scales on here feet were gone and her feet swolen. She has since lost weight and regained her scales but suffers from obvious health problems. She has arthritis and some kind of chronic respiratory problem; sounds like she snores during sleeping. She also seems to have trouble seeing.

Could the constant noise making mean she is in pain. What would you suggest? Thanks.


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Jun 30, 2010
Parrot constantly making noise
by: The Avian Vet

The noise could indicate pain, it may be also that she cannot see, or that she is uncomfortable with her cage location. You should take her in for a work up and x-rays.

Dr B

Jun 29, 2010
Old Lilac Crown constantly squaking
by: Linda

I have two Red Lored Amazons who are in their mid to late 30's and are healthy. The larger Amazons live up to 70-75 years if they have been taken care of properly.

What I strongly recommend is that you take her immediately to an Avian Vet to be diagnosed and treated for what sounds like an ongoing infection that is not only causing her immense pain and suffering but is also killing her. Yes, she is and has been in pain and suffering for all this time that you've not taken her to the vet. One of her organs could be failing or a combination of all the above. I just cannot understand WHY she has not been seen and treated by an Avian vet yet?

If she has been experiencing these symptoms for over two months, why is is that she has not been taken to the Avian vet? If you knew your stuff about these parrots, you'd know that she could live much, much longer. If you wrote in to receive the okay to put her down, you just came to the wrong place. Take your sick bird to an Avian Vet and try your very best to get her well. All your other birds need to also be seen by the Avian vet depending on what this bird's diagnosis is. ALL INFECTIONS WHETHER BACTERIAL OR VIRAL ARE HIGHLY CONTAGEOUS, AND THE OTHERS LIVING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO HER ARE ALSO BE INFECTED.

If it turns out that she is suffering from fatty liver disease or some other disease of the organs, then the others are safe, that is, until one of them becomes ill, and is not taken to a doctor. Older and younger birds need to be seen by an Avian vet once a year as a minimum standard of proper bird care. The fact that they DO feel intense pain means we cannot just stand by and watch them fall to their deaths in the bottom of their cages without lifting a finger. If I have somehow misunderstood your letter, and you have already taken her to an Avian vet, then please forgive me. If not, get her there like yesterday.


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