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Does your bird smell like beeswax??

Zygodactylous

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Hi all,

I have a 1.5 year old male rock pebbler named Peridot, and he often smells like beeswax or raw manuka honey. It’s not all the time, and he’s perfectly healthy according to his board-certified avian vet. I notice it more often when he’s happy and relaxed, and it’s so strong that sometimes it’s the first indication i have that he’s snuck up behind me while i’m busy reading or something. Has anyone else smelled it on their birds? I suspect it may come from the uropygial gland but I don’t know for sure. He eats Harrison’s superfine, greens, fresh veggies, senior nutri-berries, grass hay, and a small amount of healthy table food, fruit, and assorted treats. No beeswax or honey.

Thanks in advance for any insight!
 

Shezbug

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Burt gets a fruity sweet smell about him when he’s excited or frightened. I love his smell :heart:
I think from what I have read each species seems to have a different particular scent.... I’m not sure about this just guessing
 

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Yep! Monaco smells a little like strong honey unless she eats lots of savory things... Then she smells a little bit like doritos...but sweet, it's kinda gross.
 

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Some people, myself included, have noticed that cockatiels may smell like buttered popcorn.

Amazons have a, how shall we say it... a musty scent? Some people will say it even smells like old gym socks. Amazons can actually somehow create this scent when excited so it gets quite strong then.


Can't say I've smells a rock pebbler before...
 

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The soap at the office I work at smells like bird dander.... But I can't say that to anyone! :hilarious:
 

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Poppers used to smell like a bed of wild flowers...nice scent.
Grey grey smells like a cross between a nut, and some spice.
 
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