Parakeet died during storm, can sudden loud sounds scare a bird to death?

I found our Parakeet dead in her nesting basket after very loud overnight thunderstorm. That night we put her to bed by covering her cage.

The next morning I didn't see her at first when I uncovered her cage. She always sleeps on her perch, 1 foot up, head tucked. She never did more in the nesting basket than play and fluff paper shreds. She had been eating, playing, "talking" and was a very active and happy bird for the short 6 months that we had her in our family.

Can sudden loud sounds frighten a bird to death? We are brokenhearted and keep wondering what could have happened. She had no marks of physical trauma and felt to be healthy, as in no apparent broken bones and a good size.

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Jan 26, 2012
Bird died after thunderstorm
by: Tracie

Yes, it is possible that your bird died from something suddenly terrifying it. It is not normal, but it could have happened.

It is more likely it was a coincidence, and your bird was ill. It is even possible your bird was ill, and being in a covered cage, completely dark, with booming thunder just put it over the edge.

The only sure way to know the cause of death is to Find an Avian Vet to do a necropsy.

I am very sorry for your loss. The loss of our feathered friends is often very difficult to take.

Jan 26, 2012
by: bird lover

It is not unheard of for a small parrot to die of stress, especially if they have just lost a mate.

Jan 26, 2012
Parakeet died during storm, can sudden loud sounds scare a bird to death?
by: Linda

It is not likely that a thunderstorm was the cause of her death. All new birds have to be taken to an Avian Vet within the first few days after we get them because most come with some kind of infection. These infections build over time, and birds try and hide illness as this is a natural inherited trait.

So, your bird could have been unhealthy from the beginning and hiding it from you. In the wild, a sick or injured bird is a dead bird from predation or their own flock members.

Always take a new bird to be examined by an avian vet within the first days to make sure all is well.


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