Cockatiel Making Wheezing Sounds

Any noise your cockatiel makes that is out of the ordinary might scare you.

Whereas singing or squawking is to be expected, weird noises like wheezing might come out of nowhere.

So why is your cockatiel making wheezing sounds?

If your cockatiel is wheezing out of the blue, it’s likely caused by something obstructing its breathing.

These birds wheeze when something is momentarily blocking their noses and airways.

If you are concerned then the best thing to do is take your bird to the vets

In this article you’re going to discover

  • Why does your cockatiel wheeze?
  • Why your cockatiel is making weird noises?
  • Signs of a sick cockatiel

Some very important topics to be discussed

Let’s get started!

Why Does My Cockatiel Wheeze? (What You Should Do)

Most of the time, your cockatiel’s wheezes will be caused by inhaling dust, seeds, or water.

Occasionally, cockatiels will get objects stuck up their nostrils that cause the cockatiels to wheeze.

As long as it stops eventually, there is no need to worry about helping your cockatiel.

The nostrils will eventually clear themselves.

If you are concerned, check and remove the objects in your bird’s nostrils.

However, if your cockatiel is wheezing and is continuously doing so, this is an indication that there may be some kind of respiratory issue.

If the wheezing continues, take your bird to the avian vet to get it checked out.

It’s likely more than just a simple irritation in the airways.

Why Is My Cockatiel Making Weird Noises?

Cockatiels make many different noises, so it’s hard to define what is weird and what is not for any particular bird owner.

Most cockatiel bird owners will hear some version of squawking, whistling, chattering, singing, and hissing while looking after their little feathered friends.

If you notice other noises that you aren’t used to, there are normally a couple of reasons why.

First, the cockatiel might be hormonal.

If the weird noise is accompanied by pupils dilating and all in all strange behavior towards you, it might be getting aroused and, in males, trying to woo you (yes they are trying to woo you!) 

Second, the cockatiel might be sick.

You won’t normally notice a sick bird until it’s really sick.

If your cockatiel shows other signs of sickness illustrated below, take your cockatiel to the vet immediately to get a checkup.

The cockatiel’s overall behavior should clue you in on why it is making those noises.

If you are concerned at any level, talk to the vet.

This leads me to my next point

What Are The Signs Of a Sick Cockatiel?

Changes in behavior are one of the first things cockatiel owners notice when their bird is sick.

Cockatiels don’t normally show their sickness until they are very sick, so it’s important that you keep an eye on their behavior.

These are social and active birds, so if you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to take them straight to the vet for a checkup before it’s too late.

Behavioral changes you might notice include:

  • Any change in your cockatiel’s attitude or personality
  • Sitting or lying at the bottom of the cage
  • Irritability and biting
  • Ignoring sounds and movement
  • Changes in appetite

If your cockatiel is very sick, you will see it in its appearance as well as its behavior.

Ruffled and fluffed feathers are one of the most common symptoms when a cockatiel is sick.

If you notice your cockatiel plucking its own feathers or a loss of feathers on its body, this is also a cause for concern.

Your cockatiel’s wings may droop as well, and there may be a change in weight.

The eyes are a good indicator of your cockatiel’s health too.

A sick cockatiel will have swelling and discharge around its eyes.

Any kind of red or cloudy eye indicates that your bird is sick and needs to be taken to the vet.

Other symptoms that may show include closed eyes or frequent blinking.

A change in behavior and appearance in your cockatiel is worrying.

If your cockatiel is displaying any of the above symptoms, take the bird to the vet immediately to get a diagnosis and some help in making your cockatiel feel better.

Here’s some related articles about cockatiels which I think you will find interesting so do check them out!

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Final Words 

As a cockatiel owner, it’s your responsibility to keep an eye on your bird to make sure it is healthy and happy.

Cockatiels don’t normally show their sickness until it’s too late, so it’s that much more important to be aware of any changes in their behavior or appearance.

Cockatiels may make certain noises and have behavioral changes when they’re sick.

For example, your sick cockatiel might no longer approach you and be very lethargic.

Once you’ve determined that your cockatiel is sick, take it immediately to the vet.

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