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Sandra April 30, 2023

Healthy vs Unhealthy Parrot Poop!

Parrot poop may not be the most glamorous topic, but it can tell you a lot about your bird's health. What does healthy parrot poop look like, what isn't healthy, and what do we need to know as parrot parents?

You always want to look at your bird's poop daily; I know it sounds weird! But I am cleaning up bird poop every day all day, so I am constantly looking at my bird's poop and at the same time making assessments to ensure it's healthy. 


Firstly, it's important to note that a parrot's poop can vary in colour, consistency, and frequency depending on what they eat and how much they drink. Stools will naturally be firmer when the parrot has eaten seeds, nuts, or fibre-dense foods. However, there are still some general guidelines that you should keep in mind.

Healthy parrot poop should be somewhat firm and well-formed; the size will vary, but it should be short and tubular, surrounded by liquid. Healthy poop has the consistency of toothpaste. It'll be firm enough to keep its form but not so stiff that it remains intact when pressed.

Generally, a conure poop would be similar to an almond in size, but in the morning, it's much bigger! The bigger the bird, the bigger the poops as well! The colour can range from green to brown, even blue or reddish, and other colours. A parrot's poop can vary in colour based on what they eat. Green when they eat seeds, brown when they eat pellets, reddish when they eat red foods like red peppers and so on. A healthy poop should also be odourless.

Mia had some red pepper with this meal ^^^

It's also important to note that parrots excrete solid and liquid waste together; it's made up of feces, urates and urine. Urine should be clear, and urates should be creamy-white, almost chalky. Healthy parrot droppings should have no smell. 

Parrot poop should be cleaned regularly, and changing the bottom sheet you use for the cage should be cleaned regularly too! 


Now, let's talk about what's not healthy. If it's too hard, this could be a sign of dehydration, while if it's too soft or runny, it could indicate diarrhea or an underlying health issue. If you notice blood or mucus in your bird's poop, this could indicate a more severe health issue. If their poops are red, pea-green, yellow, or other unusual colours, your bird could have an illness, internal injury, or disease.

Another thing to look out for is changes in the colour or consistency of your bird's poop. For example, if your bird's poop suddenly becomes black or tarry, this could be a sign of internal bleeding and requires immediate medical attention.


ABNORMAL DROPPINGS - not meant to diagnose or treat any bird; please visit your avian vet 

  • Red or black blood in the droppings. This can be a sign of internal bleeding, egg binding, or an intestinal infection.
  • Bubbles or air pockets in the droppings are signs of gas or infection.
  • Undigested food can indicate pancreas issues, an infection and is also a symptom of Proventricular Dialation Disease.
  • Diarrhea can be brought about by many things, to name just a few; parasites, infection or digestive problems.
  • Persistent liquid droppings (called polyuria) can be the result of infection or kidney disease.
  • Decreased urine suggests dehydration.
  • Yellow or green urates signal liver disease.
  • Yellow urine can be a sign of infection or kidney disease.
In conclusion, paying attention to your bird's poop can give you valuable insight into their health. If you notice any sudden changes in colour, consistency, or smell, it's best to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible!

Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian or animal healthcare professional. The information I provide is intended for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition in parrots or any other animals. It is important to consult with a qualified veterinarian for any health concerns related to your pet parrot.