white liquid coming out my lovebird mouth.

by shadea hamilton
(palm coast FL)

my love bird is still a baby that has learned to fly and eat pellets but just yesterday for the first time white liquid came out its beak like it was sneezing. i figured it was cold since i felt a draft from the ac blowing on us so i put it in my shirt to warm up and it stopped. but now today in the middle of the day it did it again. its all clear and drips from its beak before it shakes it head to flash it everywhere on my neck. is my love bird sick?

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May 12, 2011
white liquid coming out my lovebird mouth.
by: Linda

Yes, your bird is sick, and I need to warn you about air conditioner vents. Birds cannot be under or near a vent either ceiling or floor because it causes a draft. Our birds have their own room, and we close off their ceiling vent in summer to keep them from becoming chilled. This chilling from the draft causes pneumonia, and your bird needs to be taken to avian vet immediately because once very ill, it will stop eating, drinking and is in danger of death.

So, take your bird to Avian Vet only and either close vent in bird's area or move bird to a place where you can close off the vent. We leave ours open in winter for the heat and closed in summer because birds get enough cool air from the whole house being cooler. Their room is always a bit warmer which is what you want. Avoid any kind of drafts at all costs with birds. We also keep our house at around 76 degrees F in the summer and or 70 during the winter. Birds just cannot be healthy in either a too cold or too hot home anytime of the year.

Let us know how trip to avian vet went and how your bird is doing,


May 11, 2011
Liquid coming from bird's mouth
by: Tracie

It is likely sick, and needs to be seen in person by an avian vet. If you don't have an avian vet, you can search for one on our Find an Avian Vet page.

Dr B can not tell you if your bird is sick, since he can not examine your bird. There is not a reason a bird should have this problem though.

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