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What are bird sounds?

The complexity, length and context can help to differentiate between songs and calls. Calls tend to serve such functions as alarms or keeping members of flocks in contact while songs are longer and more complex and can be associated with mating and courtship. The drumming of woodpeckers and the winnowing of snipes wings in display fight could be considered as songs. Some bird sounds may have a syllabic diversity and possibly a temporal regularity similar to the repetitive and transformative patterns that make up music. When a pet bird starts making new sounds or there is a change in old bird sounds questions may arise regarding what the sounds could be caused by. Read below for questions that have been answered by Experts.

What could cause a bird to sound like it has a cold?

The causes of a bird to sound similar to having a cold include:

  • Airborne toxins which could occur over time such as air fresheners, candles, household cleaning products or cigarette smoke.
  • Toxic plants
  • A non-stick product being overheated such as cookware, irons, hair dryers, toasters and self-cleaning ovens.
  • Trauma
  • A ruptured mass such as a polyp, tumor or fungal plaque.
  • Hypovitaminosis A which could be caused from not enough Vitamin A
  • Inadequate humidity
  • Respiratory infection that could be bacterial, viral or fungal in nature.
  • Mimicking human sounds
  • Neoplasia

A veterinarian examination may be needed if any behavioral changes are noticed.

What could cause a bird to quit making sounds and to have watery droppings?

When a bird stops making sounds and starts having watery droppings, poor health could be an issue. The bird could have been ill for a long period of time and not shown any symptoms because birds have instincts that cause them to hide symptoms until late in a disease. The bird may need to be examined by a veterinarian to help determine any underlying causes.

What could cause a bird to make wheezing sounds?

The bird could be wheezing because of an upper respiratory infection. Birds may be able to live with a minor infection for a long period of time and wheezing could be the first sign of such an infection. An exam by a veterinarian may be needed to help determine a diagnosis and to begin the proper treatment. The infection may be cleared by a simple antibiotic administered orally. If the respiratory infection is allowed to go untreated for too long, it could lead to pneumonia, and become fatal or could become a permanent problem.

How can a bird that sounds like it has blocked sinuses be treated?

The bird could be making the sounds of blocked sinuses because of a respiratory infection. To help the bird, supportive care should be offered such as humidifying the air and keeping the room temperature between 85-90 degrees. Also placing the bird in the bathroom with a hot shower running may help to provide some relief. An exam by a veterinarian could be needed so that treatment with an antibiotic can be started if it is a bacterial infection.

Anytime a bird starts making new sounds questions and concerns can arise. The causes of a bird sounding like it has a cold can be numerous or it could be possible that the bird has a cold. Also questions about different sounds that a bird makes may arise. For more information or answers to these questions, an individual can contact an Expert.

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