You may be surprised, but just like humans, pet birds can feel stressed and upset. As creatures of habit, sometimes even the slightest of change may upset them. From a change in environment to loud noises, there are various factors that may trigger negative emotions in your pet.
Birds typically express their feelings physically or through a change in behaviour. While such behaviour may not always indicate stress or negative emotions, there are some signs that you should definitely look out for.Decrease or loss of appetite
If your bird is too stressed or upset, it might just stop eating. It’s very important to recognise this symptom as weight loss can develop quickly. However, do note that loss of appetite may also be an indicator of other medical issues, and not just stress or depression.Uncharacteristic screeching
Although chirps and screeches are expected, uncharacteristic screeching is a red flag, especially if the screeching persists for longer than usual.Decrease in vocalisation
On the other end of the spectrum comes a decrease in vocalisation. Do take note if your parrot is unusually quiet, as it may be an indication that your pet is bored, unhappy or worse - ill.Biting
While biting is usually seen as a sign of aggression, it is also a sign of stress and fear. Should a bird feel threatened, it tends to act on its instinct and begin biting. However, if you notice that your parrot is biting more than usual, it is advisable to make a trip to the vet.Feather picking
This is a common indication of stress or boredom among birds. When exposed to loud noises, some birds may then resort to this behaviour and will continue picking at their feathers despite the cessation of the noise. If you notice bald patches, do bring it to the vet to rule out the possibility of disease before determining the cause for feather picking.Self-harm
A behaviour similar to feather picking but is more harmful to your pet’s health; some birds may begin digging beyond their feathers to chew on their skin, muscles or bones. Do make an immediate trip to the vet should your pet be indulging in this behaviour.