Have you ever seen an unusually lethargic and pudgy bird waddle to the nearest food source and wondered, is that bird fat, overweight or something? If you dismissed the idea of an overweight bird as unlikely, how wrong you are! As bird lovers, we should be aware of the existence, causes, and symptoms of obesity in birds.
Can a bird be overweight?
Yes, yes, yes. Just as humans can get overweight, birds can too.
What is obesity in birds?
While no clear-cut definition has been provided for this, obesity in most animals is defined as weight that is 15% more than the ideal and this can be used as a general guideline for birds as well.
What are the approximate weight guidelines for birds?
Bird Species Weight (grams)
Scarlet Macaw 900 – 1100
Umbrella Cockatoo 450 – 750
Blue Fronted Amazon 275 – 500
Military Macaw 900
African Gray Parrot 380 – 550
Yellow Nape Amazon 450 – 1100
Parakeet (Budgie) 26 – 36
Lovebird 40 – 60
Cockatiel 90 – 110
There are exceptions to this chart as the bone structure, height and muscle tone of a bird should be considered in determining if a bird’s weight is healthy. The weight guidelines above only serve as general guidelines.
What are the causes of obesity in birds?
What signs can indicate that a bird is overweight?