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Find out what causes heatstroke in birds and how to treat it.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: January 30, 2013, 12:45 p.m. PST


Your bird may become overheated to the point of heatstroke on extremely hot days if not properly cooled. A pet bird that is not exposed to enough ventilation on hot days or a bird that is exhausted from prolonged activities, especially on hotter days, is prone to heatstroke.


Heatstroke may be overcoming your pet bird if it is holding his or her wings down, panting, seems weak and has difficulty keeping his or her balance. Overweight birds are more prone to heatstroke than other pet birds.


Mist your bird with cool water and ensure that the parrot is located in a cool, well-ventilated room.


Water and possibly electrolyte solution needs to be provided for your overheated pet bird. Consult with a vet for further instructions on dealing with heatstroke.

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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