unusual seizure like behavior of yellow crown yellow nape male Amazon Parrot
by Geralyn M. Schneider
(Great Bend, KS.)
I have a 15 month old male yellow crown yellow nape Amazon, and a week ago, when we had the time change, he began to have episodes where he makes a honking sound, his breathing is rapid and shallow, he moves about quickly and restlessly, like he is trying to get away from whatever is happening to him, his posture changes, and his lower front is pushed out, the feather on his chest part down the middle from his exertion and posture, he is constantly raising one leg, while opening and closing his claw, then the other leg, back and forth, like he can't control his movments, (yet he does not fall off the perch), and appears to have no control over the episodes, which happen daily, usually late afternoon or early evening, (although he has had one in the late morning and later evening that I am aware of), and they usually last 30to 60-90 seconds, although the one later at night, seemed to last for a good five minutes or longer. His beak is open during the entire time, and he's steady making a croaking/honking sound, which is what usually alerts me to the episode.
He looks healthy, he eats and drinks good, his droppings are normal, although sometimes a little runny. I have called people who sell birds, an avian vet in Florida, looked on the internet, looked in the books I have, and cannot find anything like this. As soon as the episode ends, he is back to talking, singing, and being silly and playful. I am beside myself for help.
I live in rural Kansas, and the vets here are cats, dogs, cows, etc. I wonder if this is sexual behavior, or if it is neurological in nature, as it appears almost seizure like. In between episodes he appears perfectly normal. I am desperate for help. Please give me something. I am so attached to this bird, it truly frightens me.