Although parrots are very resistant animals and adapt very well to the climate of Spain and South America, they can suffer from various diseases.

On many occasions, as with most birds, it is very difficult for the parrot owner to detect the symptoms that indicate that the bird is suffering from a disease; for this reason, we explain how to know if my parrot is sick.

Steps to follow:

1. General aspect. A healthy parrot should not have ruffled plumage or constantly hide its head under the wing. These two postures can be caused by hypothermia or an infectious disease.

On the other hand, if the tail sways excessively when the parrot breathes, it means that the bird is making a significant effort to breathe and can be a symptom of multiple respiratory diseases.

2. The cloaca is the hole through which the parrot eliminates feces and urine (in addition to semen in males and eggs in females). The feathers that are around it must be dry and free of excrement; otherwise, the parrot could be suffering from diarrhea.

3. The feces of healthy parrots are consistent and solid. A runny stool often signals diarrhea.

A stool of normal consistency but accompanied by a lot of water may be indicating polyuria, that is, an increase in urine excretion, which could be related to kidney failure.

4. It is advisable to check the beak and legs to detect the presence of scabs, usually caused by parasites.

When examining the legs, look at the joints, as their thickening can be caused by gout disease.

6. When inspecting the beak, the nostrils (the openings where the parrot breathes) should also be emphasized to discover possible traces of mucus that could be a sign of respiratory problems. In doing so, it is advisable not to focus only on the nostrils but also on the surrounding feathers, as sometimes the nostrils appear clean but mucus can be found in the nearby feathers.

5. An excessive fall of the feathers can be caused by avitaminosis (lack of vitamins) so the diet should be reviewed. The lack of hair only in certain areas can be caused by fungi or mites.

6. One of the first symptoms of any disease is a lack of appetite, with which a decrease in the amount of food that the parrot eats can be observed.

7. If you have observed any of these symptoms, we recommend that you go to a veterinarian, if possible a specialist in exotic animals.

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