Overheating is a serious health risk for human beings and animals alike, and parrots are certainly no exception. Because of the potential for health-related danger, it is vital to always closely monitor your pet parrot during times of inordinately hot or humid weather conditions. Heatstroke is a major hazard.
1. Sagging of the Wings
If your poor parrot is feeling overheated and seriously uncomfortable, his wings may take on a sagging and listless stance — away from his body. This may be his natural reaction to the heat, as the parrot may adopt this position as a way of eliminating the direct contact between his body and his wings — and therefore feeling instantly cooler.
One sign of overheating that may be rather conspicuous is panting. If your parrot appears to be panting, or at least breathing with his mouth ajar, it’s probably an indication that something’s amiss. Since parrots are incapable of perspiring for cooling purposes, they frequently turn to panting behaviors.
3. Equilibrium Issues
When a parrot seems to have sudden problems with his body’s equilibrium, overheating is sometimes to blame. Dizziness may also occur. If your bird’s bodily coordination seems to have gone out of the window, it’s time to investigate the possibility of heatstroke — no time to wait around.
4. Feelings of Overall Weakness
If your birdie seems to lack his usual vigor and energy, then overheating is a likely culprit. When a parrot is excessively hot, he may just seem lethargic, exhausted and completely devoid of natural energy. You may observe your bird gazing off into space with a glazed over, empty look in his usually animated peepers.
If your parrot just doesn’t seem as relaxed, calm and confident as usual, consider overheating as the root cause. Heatstroke in parrots can lead to unusually nervous and uneasy behavioral patterns. When a normally happy-go-lucky parrot sudden seems on-edge, irritable and perhaps even strangely silent, there usually is very good reason.
Overheating in parrots is a serious and time-sensitive medical emergency situation. If you ignore the signs of overheating, they will only increase in severity. For example, the panting typically gets progressively more excessive as time passes. Without prompt care, a parrot may start experiencing convulsions as a result of heatstroke. If you have even the slightest reason to think your pet may be overheated, notify your veterinarian immediately. While waiting on veterinary help, lightly spritz your parrot’s body with some cool water, and perhaps even encourage him to walk into a small bowl of cool H20. Place him near a fan or bring him into an air-conditioned space that has ample ventilation. Remember, without quick attention, a parrot can die from heatstroke. Irreversible brain damage is also a major risk. Do not dillydally.