Sneezing Alexandrine Parrot

by Alanna
(Lowood, QLD, Australia)

Alexandrine Parrot 5 months - Baby

Alexandrine Parrot 5 months - Baby

My bird (Alexandrine named Baby) sneezes (approx 7 times a day sometimes less sometimes more) I have asked a lot of people, some say its normal, others say take her to a vet. She has been sneezing since I got her (so I thought it was normal she is 5 months old and I got her at 2 months). She has no other indication that she is Ill (no red or swollen eyes, no wheezing, no struggling to breathe, no runny poo, nothing.), (I assumed it would be just dust) but on the odd occasion when she sneezes snot will come out (approx 1 in 30 sneezes this will happen, so not every day). (I am just about to start UNI so I barley have any money) So I have been looking everything up on the internet.

The only thing I could think of is human saliva can result in a bird contracting a cold or something simular (as I always kiss her and she always tries to get inside my mouth, I did stop all mouth contact when I found this out, but she was still sneezing on the odd occasion). My bird has a huge appetite, is extremely talkative (but can't say words yet), fly's like a champion (also exercises her wings by holding on to the bed at least once daily), and seems to be very happy all the time. So it is in no way extremely bad, but I am quite scared.

I was looking up avi-culture probiotics and contemplating buying some, however I thought I would consult an avian vet first. I have attached a photo I took about 5 minutes ago. (a bit about her lifestyle) -> She has a cage but is rarely inside it (once daily), she sleeps on my bed post, has her own perch with food and water attached. I am looking forward to hearing back from you, any advise will be greatly appreciated and if you think I should take her to a vet I will.


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Jun 28, 2013
My husbands bird did the same thing
by: Judy

My husband had a Blue Crown Conure that sneezed excessively like that but was otherwise 100% like yours. He shelled out 175 to hear she had dry sinuses. Vet put a drop of lubricating something or other (I wouldn't be surprised if it was plain, simple saline solution (Getting every penny out of that in each side and that was that. We keep a humidifier in the bird room as well as a very powerful air filter that turns the entire rooms air over every 3 1/2 minutes and none of our 11 birds have any sneezing issues at all. We don't have the Blue Crown, he didn't have it any longer when we met so I can't say if having those things in with our birds would fix a sneezing birds sneezing, but I can't see it hurting either.

Feb 07, 2013
Sneezing Parrot
by: The Avian Vet

She sounds like a really wonderful bird. I love the Alexandrine, they have beauty and brains. :)

This number of times sneezing seems a little excessive, especially if this is daily. I recommend that you have her examined and cultured, preferably by an avian veterinarian familiar with these issues. In my practice, I use a choanal swab and a nasal flush for a culturing. This method increases the chance of getting a good sample, and flushing is therapeutic in the same way as a nettie pot. It removes debris and bacteria.

This amount of sneezing can be associated with infection, and there are other conditions that can cause this which often lead to a secondary infection. For example, dry air is irritating and causes non-productive sneezing, with infrequent clear discharge; a foreign body such as a seed hull or other particle lodged in a sinus cavity, or nasal cavity, or nare will cause sneezing with occasional clear discharge up to extensive nasal discharge, air pollutants and odors such as dust, tobacco smoke, pollen, chemicals, perfumes, deodorizers, mite protectors, bath sprays, soaps, and other air borne irritants cause acute irritation with sneezing and infrequent to occasional discharge, and can lead to chronic diseases like allergic conditions, asthma-like lung disease, etc.

If the discharge is clear, then that is normal unless there is significant amounts of discharge such as daily, or every sneeze, or if there is accumulation of discharge on the beak, cere, or forehead.

Human saliva contains bacteria that can cause harm in birds. I recommend no kissing at all, but really who is going to NOT kiss their bird? So I encourage no wet kisses, no open-lipped kisses, and I personally almost never put my lips on their beak, I only kiss the top of their head abiding by the same rules.

Exercising for your bird is incredibly important; second only to diet. Be sure you are feeding her a formulated diet such as Harrison's or Roudybush to avoid artificial ingredients and excessive sugar, which should be 80% of her diet, with the remainder being healthy treats such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other fun treats, too. Finally, the best way to prevent the majority of the bacterial infections is is with using a water bottle instead of a dish.

Dr B

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