Recognizing Signs of Illness in Birds

Sick finch


Lethargy is a common non-specific sign of illness. The affected bird often displays closed or partially open eyes, frequent blinking, and/or unfocused eyes.

The normal prey species in an unfamiliar setting will appear as wide-eyed and alert as it possibly can for as long as it possibly can.

Signs of illness in birds are often quite subtle until disease is advanced. Fortunately, quite a bit of information can be gleaned from a detailed history and careful observation. View this brief slideshow for tips on the visual examination . . .

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To cite this page: Pollock C. Recognizing signs of illness in birds. April 6, 2011. LafeberVet Web site. Available at