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Why Don't My Pet Bird's Droppings Smell?

If your pet bird's droppings smell, it can be a sign of illness in your pet bird.

By Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP — Avian Practice

Psittacine (parrot) and passerine droppings normally have very little odor, unless they have been consuming unusual food items or if they have developed an intestinal infection from bacteria, fungi, viruses or protozoa.
If your pet bird's dropping smells, take your pet bird to the avian veterinarian.

Psittacine (parrot) and passerine droppings normally have very little odor, unless they have been consuming unusual food items or if they have developed an intestinal infection from bacteria, fungi, viruses or protozoa. In general, mammalian feces have a stronger odor due to the type of bacteria in the intestinal tract, gas-forming bacteria and a bile product called stercobilinogen, which causes the brown color to normal feces.

However, not all birds have such an innocuous odor to the droppings. Raptors, especially vultures, tend to have a really stinky dropping due to the carrion and meats that they consume and also because of the type of bacteria that they have in the intestines. A change in the odor of your pet bird’s droppings (for the worse) should prompt a call to your avian veterinarian for a checkup and appropriate testing.

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