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Head Injury

Find out what to do when your pet bird suffers a head injury.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: January 30, 2013, 12:15 p.m. PST


Concussions, factures or cuts can all result from head injuries. Birds can often recover quickly from seemingly serious head injuries.


Night frights causing a bird to fall of its perch, seizures, flying into objects such as ceiling fans, mirrors, windows or walls can all cause head trauma.


Visually examine your bird immediately after an incident to check for alertness and neurological signs. Check your bird for shock and examine the cranium, eyes and nares for fractures or bruising. Move the bird to a dark, cool environment.


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By Gina Cioli/BowTie Studio/Courtesy Amy Baggs
Birds often recover quickly from seemingly serious head injuries.
Birds in shock after a head injury should be administered IV fluids but at a fraction of the normal volume to avoid over hydration. Antibiotics and short-term corticosteriods can be administered if a head injury is over 24 hours old and has not improved, but after several days of no improvement, neurological damage may be permanent.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Health Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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