Injury in birds

Know The Signs

Pet birds often behave like wild birds when it comes to injuries and accidents. Therefore, your pet bird will have a natural instinct to hide any sign of injuries and accidents. This is to give an appearance of strength, and prevent being attacked by animals and other birds of prey.

Parakeet in Cage

Injuries And Accidents

Your bird is a pet and you obviously want it to recover from any injuries and accidents. So, pay close attention to any behavior that can be a sign of injury.

Symptoms and Types

Any abnormal behavior can be an indicator of an injury. Some common signs are:

  • Limping
  • Little movement (especially the wings)
  • A constant fluttering of wings
  • Plucking feathers
  • Pecking more than usual
  • Not eating (anorexic)
  • Not drinking water
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Not urinating
  • Urinating more than usual
  • A change in frequency of droppings
  • A change in color and appearance of the droppings
  • Tremors
  • Depression

Lack of movement in the bird is a serious sign of a problem, as is bleeding from any part of the bird's body.

A bird huddled in a corner of the cage, showing signs of lethargy, not responding as usual to calls, lying at the bottom of the cage, or having difficulty in breathing is also probably suffering from an injury.


If your bird is bleeding, then gently but firmly press the part that is bleeding and seek veterinary advice immediately. A bird demonstrating difficulty breathing will be placed on supplemental oxygen by the veterinarian.

Extensive wounds from injuries and accidents can lead to shock or an infection in the bird, and should be treated immediately (as stress and shock are more damaging to the bird than injuries).

Prompt medical attention can save your bird's life, so take your bird to a veterinarian if it displays any unusual behavior.


Comments on "Injury in birds"

Miquela June 11, 2011 | 6:16 PM

My 2 Love Birds that i got today have not come out of the corner since they have been home. What should I do???

Tanner February 06, 2011 | 12:35 PM

My birds foot is bleeding and he isnt really eating or drinking. He is also holding his foot up and resisting to put weight on it. I dont know what to do and i dont think there are any bird ets in the area. Thank you.

vivan August 28, 2010 | 5:56 PM

My bird has cut his eye wide open from the eye to the beak i do not think he can see out of it is red all over there is no bird vet around where i live what can i do my bird is in pain i know a bird can only lose so much blood and it did bleed.What can i do for infection i know he will be blind in that eye it shows he does not even blick.i am only trying to save him.please if you know anything i can do please write me immediaty.How can i clean it and try to prevent death from happening, i love my bird,chubby is his name what can i put on the it is cut wide open and i do not know what to do can i put anything near his eye it is the corner,the whole eye is in bad shape,very ,very red .It closed right up, i know he will be blind i can tell by looking at it,please anything you can send me on infro may help. thank you....

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