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.

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Mar 17, 2016
siezures
by: kathy

I have a 5yr blue fronted Amazon,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 several times a day, and they usually last 30to 90 seconds.. 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. 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 maine, 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.

Apr 01, 2012
Bird possibly having seizures
by: The Avian Vet

Very possibly a neurological condition. May be related to a toxin such as zinc or lead; possibly related to nutritional deficiency. I recommend a full work up by an avian specialist, even if you have to travel to one.

Dr B
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Mar 26, 2012
unusual seizure like behavior of yellow crown yellow nape male Amazon Parrot
by: Linda

Your bird is very sick and has to be taken to an Avian Vet in your driving area. You can find one by either asking local dog and cat vets or by using the phone book. He can only be diagnosed and treated by an avian vet because dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care and treatment of birds and will most likely do nothing or kill him with the wrong diagnosis and treatment. Below is a link that may help you find an avian vet. If not, get on the phone and start working to find one quickly.Bird breeders in your area may also be a good resource.

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The runny stool indicates an infection, and he will die if left untreated. Birds do not "get over" infections and have to be first diagnosed and then treated with the correct med in the correct dosage. So, regardless of where you live, you have to find an avian vet in your driving area to take care of your bird.

Let us know what avian vet has to say, and if you have to drive an hour or two, be willing to do that. When you got the bird, you also had to understand they have to be treated by an Avian Vet ONLY and needed to know where one was. You need to move quickly on this too as he is very sick.

Linda

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