We have a 3 year-old female Senegal parrot who is the picture of health, with one major and very strange exception. Any kind of air movement on her, such as gently blowing on her throws her into a twitching frenzy, as if every square inch of her body is itching and she doesn't know where to scratch first. It lasts for several minutes and then she settles down again.
Our vet is one of the most highly respected avian vets in the U.S. and he is thoroughly stumped. She's been through all kinds of tests and so far everything has come up negative.
She's been this way ever since we got her over 2 years ago, so it's obviously not a fatal condition. As I mentioned she looks fabulously healthy, eats like a horse, her disposition is amazingly affectionate, etc.

Has anyone out there come across the same behavior, and if so, did you find a cause for it?
Thanks,
Rick
We have a 3 year-old female Senegal parrot who is the picture of health, with one major and very strange ... anyone out there come across the same behavior, and if so, did you find a cause for it? Thanks, Rick

My 3 yo DYH does that too. Since she's in excellent health and wonderful feather condition I've come to the conclusion that it tickles. :>)
Mama
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I've noticed the same sort of response in my brown-head and cockatiels when I gently blow on their feathers, especially when they're preening. They act freaked out and unsure what/who to attack first. I'd do it more often but they don't act like it's fun but what happens when the wind blows on them??? You'd think it'd be a natural feeling to feel the wind on them they're birds, for gawd's sake.

Marguerite

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I get the exact opposite reaction from my Goffins. She loves to have me = blow in her feathers, especially under her wings. She will climb on my = shoulder or hang from my shirt, bump my mouth with her beak, and lift = her wing. That means "Gimme a blow job, Paw."=20
Birds are strange people.
john & baby
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I'll use mouthwash first and try it again! ;-)

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