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Parrot died i just want to know why

Today my parrot died while i was upstairs, my sister told me the parrot was dead but i didnt believe her.
When i got downstairs it was just there laying on the bottom of the cage. My sister told me it just started shaking and died.
What i want to know is why did it die? I knew something was up with it, for the past couple of days it has been unresponsive to me, when i called it it would turn its back on me. Since yesterday it just kept randomly closing its eyes wherever it was and going to sleep. When it slept it would breath really heavily with its head tucked into its back ( it slept like this since we got it).
Also yesterday it was sleeping on the floor of the cage , and would randomly climb up and go back down.
Today it was doing the same, going to sleep every 5 seconds for about 5 minutes, walking around for a couple of seconds then going back to sleep. I tried making it come out but it would turn its back on me. The breathing was even heavier today .
I fed it a piece of apple from my hand but then it went straight back to sleep. I assumed if it ate from my hand it couldnt be that bad, so i went upstairs...

Could someone please tell me why it died?

P.S my mum took it out into the garden the other day (still in the cage), and we got the bird about a month ago.
Also when it tried climbing around it looked really weak.
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Re: Parrot died i just want to know why

I am so sorry your parrot died. There are no definite clues from your post other than a period of decline with symptoms of illness. The only way to know is to have a "necropsy" (autopsy) performed by an avian vet familiar with their anatomy. Sometimes there are internal signs and on occasion tissue samples can be sent to a lab for analysis.

Birds generally hide any trace of illness to avoid predators. By the time one is visibly sick, a process has usually been happening for a while.

There are many environmental causes for illness such as lead-tainted cages, toys, or contaminated food. Based on your description, I would hesitate to put another bird in that cage or use any of the accessories.

If you had the bird for a month, it might be helpful to contact the breeder or source and ask for their reaction to this sad news.
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Re: Parrot died i just want to know why

Quote: Originally Posted by Scott View Post
I am so sorry your parrot died. There are no definite clues from your post other than a period of decline with symptoms of illness. The only way to know is to have a "necropsy" (autopsy) performed by an avian vet familiar with their anatomy. Sometimes there are internal signs and on occasion tissue samples can be sent to a lab for analysis.

Birds generally hide any trace of illness to avoid predators. By the time one is visibly sick, a process has usually been happening for a while.

There are many environmental causes for illness such as lead-tainted cages, toys, or contaminated food. Based on your description, I would hesitate to put another bird in that cage or use any of the accessories.

If you had the bird for a month, it might be helpful to contact the breeder or source and ask for their reaction to this sad news.
I have pictures but dk how to put them on. My dad does smoke quite a lot, but never in the same room as the parrot.
Thanks a lot anyway
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Re: Parrot died i just want to know why

Update: it was also really weak, when it died it collapsed and fell off its perch then started shaking on the ground
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Re: Parrot died i just want to know why

Death is a reality of life! We are born, we grow-up, if we are lucky we grow old and then we die!

When one dies young, we demand answers, we want to know why!!! As if the 'why' will somehow soften the pain of the lost! Sadly, it doesn't!

As provided by Scott: "The only way to know is to have a "necropsy" (autopsy) performed by an avian vet familiar with their anatomy. Sometimes there are internal signs and on occasion tissue samples can be sent to a lab for analysis." That is the only way to know for sure!

Yes, you have now provide some more clues to the what may have caused the death of your Feathered Friend. In the end, your beloved Parrot died of Natural causes that came from any number of illnesses or physical failures of the body itself!

Also, as provided by Scot: "Birds generally hide any trace of illness to avoid predators. By the time one is visibly sick, a process has usually been happening for a while." You have learned a couple of life's hard lessons: The first signs that something is not right, Parrots need to be seen by an Avian Vet and quickly! Another lesson is that when you get a Parrot, it needs to have a 'New Parrot Examination" within 'days' of you bring the Parrot home.

Would one or both of the above lessons have saved your dear Parrot is unknown! But, with hope, someone else will learn from your pain!

Thank-you, for telling us of your loss and sharing your pain of that loss!

Its just not fair, I truly understand that emotion! Anyone that has been part of a Parrot's life for as long as I have, knows the pain you are feeling.

Know that those here on Parrot Forums share and understands your pain in losing your beloved Feathered Friend!

Warm Feathered Hugs and Loving Prays.

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Passing of a Feathered Friend
Provided By: SailBoat, November 2016 (origin can be found in the Amazon Forum as part of the Huge Thread Titled: I Love Amazons - ... , See Page 5, Titled: Passing of a Feathered Friend!

May these words be of help.


“All of us feel such deep sadness when our Parrot friends die, and because they are Animals and not Humans, we are at a loss for words. Often, it is only other Parrot owners who can understand the depth of the loss that we feel with this complex, loyal, and loving creature. Resulting from such a loss, I have placed feelings and emotions into words and found verse to console the loss of my Cleo and since her, other sweet Amazons, in turn; I hope it will speak for all of you.” - Steven


You left this world so quickly. I can hardly comprehend your leaving. Yet there, in my hands, your still body rested – no longer your home. So much I have learned, so much you have taught, your purpose a full measure beyond your size. Comprehensions of your loss still a mist but yet, I know you are whole and happy - now beyond Rainbow Bridge. And so busy you must be upon your green wings, guiding angles to those of us yet to cross. With in my ear, I still hear you, those special sweet sounds of comfort and contentment:


“Do not stand by my grave and weep my friend.
I am not here. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the gentle summer rain.
When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry my friend.
I am not there. I did not die.”

My pray for you my beloved feathered friend:

“May your body nourish this earth.
May your soul find release and contentment.
May you fly high and free upon wings of spirit.
Rest in peace little green one.”


The love and tender warmth of you is a un-full-fill-able void.
I do so much thank-you for creating a space for another, a special place next to yours’.

In remembrance of Cleo, (Estimated) Spring 1959 - May 2003



Sources: Cheyenne Warrior Blessing, The Amazona Society’s Forum, Parrot Forum by: SailBoat

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Re: Parrot died i just want to know why

Quote: Originally Posted by Adeelm01 View Post
I have pictures but dk how to put them on. My dad does smoke quite a lot, but never in the same room as the parrot.
Thanks a lot anyway
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Update: it was also really weak, when it died it collapsed and fell off its perch then started shaking on the ground
If your dad took care to smoke away from your bird, it is not the likely or primary cause of passing. There are so many illnesses that can ultimately cause a period of weakness and seizure or uncoordinated movement. A reason I suggested not placing a future bird in the cage or use any toys is the possibility of lead poisoning. Not speculating this was the cause, but simply a precaution.

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You are always welcome to post pictures and may wish to start a new thread in the Bereavement Forum dedicated to your bird. My opinion is it is best to remember your bird in a happy and healthy state.
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Re: Parrot died i just want to know why

It's possible the bird was sick to begin with... or perhaps something toxic in your home could have killed your bird.


Sorry there are no definite answers without knowing more, and the best way to find out has already been mentioned... a necropsy. They aren't always conclusive, either, but it's the best bet.


Parrots are a lot more sensitive to toxins in our homes than dogs or cats are. Certain pans, air fresheners, cleaners, etc can all cause harm to their bodies.


If the body has not been frozen (kept refrigerated is best), and your parents are willing to pay for a necropsy, if you can find a vet who can do one, that will be your best bet to maybe find out what happened. You can try finding one below.

Member Search - Association of Avian Veterinarians


Likewise, try calling around to any vet hospitals, pet stores, and if available, an agricultural station with a veterinary section. Try and find either an avian vet or place familiar with the avian species that does necropsies.
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