Sun Conure constantly "flipping" his wing

by Amanda

We just got our very young sun conure about 2-3 weeks ago. hes a fun guy, loves coming out and sitting with us. give him all the right foods, toys, etc. he has been tested for all the proper tests and does not have any diseases. for some reason, for the past few days he has been "flipping" his right wing constantly. when hes eating, just sitting there, sitting on my shoulder- he just "flips" it every 5 seconds.

i dont know if he might have something wrong with his wing or if i am just nervous? he does flip it, and every once in a while i see him "strech" out his wing. i thought maybe its just because he is growing? but it wouldnt make sense that he would just constantly flip only one wing.

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Aug 03, 2009
by: Linda

It does look like he would be flipping both wings, which is leading me to believe he may have injured the wing without you knowing it. It can also be due to new feather shafts coming in. Check his wing and see if you find little feather shafts coming in. They are hard and itchy until they open up so the feather can come out.

Look at him all over and see if he is growing in these new feathers in other places too which can help explain the flipping. If he is not growing in any new feathers, he may have injured wing, though if he can extend it and flap both wings, it does not sound like an injury.

Also, very happy to hear that you have already taken him to the Avian vet for a checkup. You are doing everything right, and your new baby Conure is a very lucky baby to be in your care.

Check him out for new feather growth. If the flipping continues or if he starts to be less energetic or loses his appetite, then you could be looking at an injury or infection he recently acquired. It is important to observe birds closely as they try and hide illness and injury. If you notice anything like loss of energy, appetite or strange stools and/or bleeding from anywhere, then he needs to go back to vet.

Birds are easy to maintain if fed properly and any illnesses/injuries tended to immediately. A sick or injured bird takes a long time to come back to health, and it is just easier to make sure they stay healthy and safe.

Thank You very much for writing as you are a shining example of how birds should be treated from the beginning to the end of their lives. May God Bless you and your Family!


Aug 03, 2009
Sun Conure wing flipping
by: The Vet

This is a normal baby behavior. It sometimes indicates he is hungry, it can also be a way for him to get attention, and even show some affection. It is nothing to be concerned about.

Is your bird weaned and eating on his own? Have you had him examined and vaccinated by an avian veterinarian? If not, you should do that soon, to get a relationship started with an avian veterinarian and to screen your bird for any health problems. You should also monitor his weight to be sure he is eating enough. Weigh him weekly, unless you are hand feeding him and he is not weaned , then weigh him daily.

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