Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: April 8, 2013, 10:15 a.m. PDT
By Gina Cioli/I-5 Studio/Courtesy Jennifer Ketchersid
Your bird is not capable of hiccupting, but that doesn't mean they can't mimic the sound!
Birds are not capable of hiccupping because do not possess a diaphragm or vocal cords. To hiccup, the diaphragm contacts repeatedly, snapping the vocal cords shut, which stops airflow and makes the hiccup sound. Since birds have neither a diaphragm nor vocal cords, both of which are involved in hiccups, they are not capable. Some birds can be excellent mimics, however, and they may repeat a hiccup heard from a human in the household.
Disclaimer: BirdChannel.com's Bird Health section 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.