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Before anyone gives me a hard time about avian vets I would just like to state that this is not my bird, it belongs to my wifes aunt who lives in America and I live in Australia and she has taken it to 2 vets who can't find a problem. Here is the description of the problem she emailed to me.
Thank you for responding. This is about my male Lady Gouldian. Around Dec. he started sleeping with his head bowed. ... He can straighten his head up but it is twisted most of the time, like he is listening to you.

From her email the bird has had the problem for about 5 months and has fathered 2 chicks assisting the hen in feeding them while he's had the problem.
I've heard of something similar in an australian magpie but that bird was born with some sort of brain defect and abondoned by its parents. But the way it held its head sounds similar to how she has described the gouldian. The big difference being that hers has developed it as an adult.
My guess (and it's just a guess I am by no means an expert on bird disease) would be something wrong with its ears, maybe an infection or a parasite that is causing balance issues or maybe brain damage.

Has anybody heard of or seen a similar condition or know what the problem is?
Thanks
JC
The medical term, for what you describe is called torticollis. In fowl, it is called limberneck. It can be caused by a folic acid deficiency, botulism, head or neck injury, or brain tumor. Another thing that I have heard of is, a bird getting a seed stuck in the ear canal, and that throwing off his balance. There is a condition, in finches, called "star gazing." Here is an article about someone who has a supposed cure.
Successful Cure of Stargazing/Twirling
by Don Thorschmidt
http://www.nfss.org/Articles/Article/Disease/stargazing.html

Regards
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The medical term, for what you describe is called torticollis. In fowl, it is called limberneck. It can be caused ... Here is an article about someone who has a supposed cure. Successful Cure of Stargazing/Twirling by Don Thorschmidt http://www.nfss.org/Articles/Article/Disease/stargazing.html Regards

Thanks very much, I have passed the info onto my wifes aunt.

John