Why Is My Parakeet Holding His Wings Away From His Body?

Our 2 year old, male parakeet has been holding his wings slightly away from his body. It looks like he's warm, but the house is 75 degrees. Vet states that all looks okay. How can we tell if he has a heart ailment? What else might be causing him to do this? We are very worried.


By JillyD from Sacramento, CA

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August 16, 20100 found this helpful

I've seen this as a form of begging in birds. Are they getting enough attention? Food? Water? Treats? Are they bored and/or frustrated? (Being destructive, shrieking, pulling feathers out?)

But if they are scratching a lot they could have mites and are trying to cool down because it soothes the bites. Have you googled the issue?

August 18, 20100 found this helpful

We did Google this, but nothing came up that was healpful. The vet seems to think that it's pin feathers may be bothering him. It's gone on for about four weeks though. Seems like a long time for a bird to have pin feathers.


He isn't shrieking or pulling feathers out. He stands up really straight (like he's scared) and kind of holds that pose for awhile too. His appetite seems to be good.

August 19, 20100 found this helpful

Problems breathing?

November 18, 20170 found this helpful

ya, my bird does this when she wants to get out and roam around or wants me to dry her mouth cuz she had an accident and now she doesn't have a few feathers above her nose and the water irritates her skin a bit, so you could let your bird on top of the cage for a bit or let fly around if its wings aren't clipped, it just means they feel anxious.

June 16, 20192 found this helpful

I have noticed that people are saying this is happening during the summertime. I am pretty sure this is a cooling method for them because both my parakeets do this and its been very hot lately.


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