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In most cases, regurgitation is normal behavior for a parrot, but should not be confused with vomiting, which is a medical condition.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: August 5, 2013, 12:45 p.m. PDT


Unlike dogs or cats, birds rarely throw up, instead, they are known to regurgitate when they are perfectly healthy. In most cases, regurgitation is normal behavior for a parrot.


In most cases, regurgitation is due to a bird viewing an object, such as a toy or perch, or a person as their mate. In the wild, the male will usually regurgitate to impress the hen or he will regurgitate for the female who will then feed the chicks. Because a male’s regurgitation is used to feed the hen and baby birds, a male will sometimes regurgitate to show how well he can provide for the female. Single birds may view their favorite toy or person as a mate, causing them to go about this courting behavior.


Be sure what is being regurgitate is food that was recently eaten and is only slightly digested. If a bird is actually throwing up digested food and it has a sticky residue, this could be a symptom of a yeast infection.


If your birds are actually feeding young birds, be sure the adults are receiving high-quality food that they can regurgitate to feed their chicks.

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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