Why does my amazon shake its wings so much?

by Lucie
(Washington)

I've heard that parrots will shake their wings when they're excited, so I'm not too worried about my double yellow-headed amazon's behavior, but I just wondered if she's doing it excessively? She's about seven, and has been this way ever since she was a baby. Basically, she shakes her wings almost constantly when she's out of her cage, sometimes accidentally throwing herself off balance on her perch. Is this odd behavior? Should she be shaking her wings this much?

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Jun 12, 2011
Amazon shaking wings
by: The Avian Vet

No, she should not. This is often caused by a bad wing clip. There are other potential causes. You should take your bird to see an avian veterinarian.

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Dr B

Jun 12, 2011
Why does my amazon shake its wings so much?
by: Linda

No, this is not normal and could indicate some kind of infection or parasite. You cannot see red mites with the naked eye, and they literally eat a bird alive if not taken care of.

You have to take your bird to a licensed and trained Avian Vet in your driving area. Do not use any over the counter meds even those found in pet stores because until problem is diagnosed, you will not know how it is to be treated and you can kill your bird with over the counter meds.

All parrots need a yearly checkup at the avian vet's to make sure they are doing well. Parrots will hide illnesses as long as they can, and this is their natural way. If she has parasites, she is miserable. If her wings were clipped up too short, she is in pain. Never clip higher than the long primary feathers at the bottom ends of each wing. To cut up higher results in chronic pain, and I've seen birds flick their wings a lot after a butcher job because it hurts all the time.

Always take bird to avian vet for wing, beak and toe nail clips because it is safer for the bird and does not cost that much for just one bird. Never take your bird to a gromming salon because those people are trained to work on dogs and occasionally cats, and they can and do hurt birds up to and including killing them. Birds also cannot be around all the sprays they use as these are toxic for birds to breathe.

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Thanks for writing,
Linda

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