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Nasal Discharge

If your pet bird has been acting differently lately, nasal discharge might be sign of an upper respiratory infection is the cause.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: July 23, 2013, 12:30 p.m. PDT


Nasal discharge may occur in one or both nares and it may spray out when your bird is sneezing. The feathers on top of the bird’s head and around the sides of the face may also become wet or matted due to nasal discharge.


Fluid spraying out with a sneeze is sometimes how nasal discharge is noticed. If your pet bird is also eating less, not acting as playful, vocalizing less or demonstrating breathing difficulty then it is likely an upper respiratory infection is the cause.

An upper respiratory infection could be due to a vitamin-A deficiency and a secondary yeast infection; yeast; a bacterial infection; the Mycoplasma organism or by a virus, though the latter is the less common cause.


Because nasal discharge could mean and upper respiratory infection (URI) and since there are various causes for URIs, your pet bird should be examined by an avian veterinarian to determine the cause and provide proper remedies.


Know your pet bird’s normal habits so that you can easily identify a change, such as excessive sneezing accompanied by nasal discharge. By doing this you will be able to address any illnesses as soon as possible.

Disclaimer:’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.

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