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Lighting-Can parrots get migraines ?

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I have a lovebird that plucks chronically. We’ve checked off the list from everything from the avian vet, diet, enrichment, vitamin d ect...
I noticed that while in her flight cage outdoors in sunny days she hides her face in the ridges of her hammock I made for her (shes only gets it under supervision)-shes not in her hammock, just perching under it and placing her head in the folds with her eyes closed. I thought it was cute at first and assumed she was just taking a nap. But it began to become more regular.

I had a hunch that direct light was bothering her. I covered half of her long/wide indoor cage with a cotton table cloth and she seems to enjoy being able to get out of the light when she choses.

-does anyone have any experience/knowledge about parrots getting migraines or light sensitivity?

-Im also not concluding the reason is “ migraines” of some sort, it could possibly be a need for Seclusion /a place to hide when stressed.
 

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I don't know about migraines, but parrots can and do get headaches. My vet said that if a bird shakes his head a lot that he may have a headache.
 

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Giving them an NSAID (such as Meloxicam or Celebrex) is the same as us taking an aspirin.
 

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Florescent lighting may flicker to her. Take a video in slow speed and see if it flickers from your lighting.


"Although the illumination from such lighting usually appears constant to humans, as the lamp flicker rate, commonly 100-120 Hz, is greater than human CFF (i.e. 60 Hz; Brundett, 1974) the flickering of fluorescent lamps may be apparent to some birds, which, as a consequence may experience general stress and impaired welfare (Greenwood et al., 2004;Nuboer et al., 1992;Prescott et al., 2003). ... "
 

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Do you feed buckwheat sprouts or buckwheat greens?

The green parts of the buckwheat plant contain a toxin which can cause photosensitivity. Buckwheat seeds are safe.
yes I have given her buckwheat seeds before. That is so interesting! Ill be sure to avoid the actual plant as I have some growing in the backyard now. :)
 

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Do you feed buckwheat sprouts or buckwheat greens?

The green parts of the buckwheat plant contain a toxin which can cause photosensitivity. Buckwheat seeds are safe.
Very interesting!
 
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