Sudden Sun Conure Death

by Cheryl Dinkins
(Fraser, MI, USA)

Shamus died suddenly. found him in bottom of cage & he was lethargic, making short gasping breathes, couldn't stand or hold head up then 15 minutes later he made 4 chirps laid on his side jerked and passed. He was playful, energetic all day. Oh yes, about week before his stool was rusty brown for about a day or so then went to normal color but solid, no water like usual which I read after his death is a sign something could be wrong. Do you have any idea what could have caused his death?

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Oct 04, 2011
Sudden Sun Conure Death
by: Linda

I too am very sorry for your loss. The rusty red poop you saw was a sign of internal bleeding from either a toxin or something sharp that would not pass through the gut. All toys need to be examined for small parts, and either don't buy them or in the case of the clackers in bells, remove them because parrots can and do take them out and sometimes accidentally swallow them. Something tore your bird up on the inside, and this could also have been from a serious viral infection(though you should have seen effects of this). Hopefully you still have the body so a necropsy can be done. If your bird died from some kind of serious viral infection your entire home can possibly be infected with it. Go over every surface in your home with a bird safe cleaner like Focus found here. Do not use bleach because the focus kills same bugs and does it in a safe way for you and any of your other family and pets. Breathing bleach fumes is dangerous and causes upper respiratory problems in people and death to birds and possibly cats. Pine cleaners are just as bad.

The Pet Focus cleanser can be used all over the house including being sprayed on a cloth and used on perches and toys. Pay careful attention to your bird's cage too. Spray it thoroughly with the Focus cleaner outside, then let it sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse thoroughly. If you have sun that day, leave it in the sun to dry as the sun does a nice job of disinfecting cages, perches and toys. I'd go ahead and throw away any toys and plastic cups. Anything that could soak up germs and microbes needs to be thrown away.

Again, I'm so sorry for your loss, and it does sound like a toxin or foreign object that could not pass through system. Keep in touch with us as we are here for you and your next bird and offer both practical and emotional support for all our bird people. We also stress the importance of regular Avian Vet checkups because birds hide their illnesses until they are too sick to hide it anymore which is sometimes too late. Our hearts go out to you in this time of grieving, and honor your bird's Spirit by getting another one in time because there are SO many in need of a good loving home.


Oct 04, 2011
Conure died suddenly
by: Tracie

I am so sorry for your loss. The only way to know would be to take the bird for a necropsy. If you wish to do this, you need to Find an Avian Vet to examine the bird.

My guess would be something toxic in the environment. If your bird leaves the cage, it could have chewed something toxic, or maybe you used a chemical in your home that caused this. Cleansers, air fresheners, Teflon coated irons and ovens etc. can all cause death in our birds.

One lady recently reported her bird almost died because she shared table food that had Splenda in it. Table food has all kinds of unknown chemicals that can kill birds. Who knows what they sprayed on crops, fed the crops, or what those chemicals are in prepared foods?

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