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I have a parrot that seems to have gotten listless and tired

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I have a parrot that seems to have gotten listless and tired very quickly. I am concerned about this change in his behaviour, as he is usually extremely lively.
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Customer: The parrot is an unusual one - he is a Kea (Nestor notabilis)
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You are through to Dr Coles. I am a UK based vet. I am sorry to hear you are having problems with your parrot. Keas are very different to other types of parrots, they are very boisterous and destructive as I am sure you know. For a Kea to be quiet/listless and tired is definitely out of character and would make me concerned that there is something underlying causing this . Birds are very good at hiding symptoms of illness, so these subtle changes can be difficult to pick up on. Often for many different types of illness, the symptoms will be much the same (quiet, not right/tired). It could be one of many things going on including infections, kidney disease, liver disease, gastrointestinal infection, parasitic infection. I would advise adding a supplement to his water such as avipro avian or guardian angel which is a probiotic/electrolyte supplement. However with birds it is very important to have them examined by a vet ASAP and receive vet treatment. He may need to have bloods obtained as well as some other tests for example a faecal test. If he is not eating the vet may need to hospitalise him for supplemental feeding. If you can I would advise feeding him with something such as harrisons recovery formula (often they will lap this off a syringe or will take off a spoon) to keep his calorie levels up and ensure he is getting adequate nutrition. Please don't hesitate to come back to us if you have further questions. I hope he is feeding better soon.

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Dr Coles

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