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Urgent Vomiting or regurgitating - urgent or not?

jessnjeffa

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I think this is urgent but I'm not sure!

I've been a bird owner for 5 years, and I currently have a blue crown conure who is turning one year old next month. Today, after letting him wake up and taking him out of his sleeping cage, he was acting normal until he slowly started bobbing his head and up came this thick, white substance. I was stupid and didn't take pictures before cleaning it up and examining him, but it was white, thick/chunky, and almost looked like tough, undigested oatmeal with just the slightest coating of slimy liquid. He didn't shake his head around or fling it, nor was there any in the cage where he had been seconds before.
Otherwise, he's acting as he normally does, energetic, talkative, and playful, and seems to be just as hungry as any other day. He seemed to go back to his normal self immediately after.

I've never had a bird that has regurgitated before, only one that was sent to us who was already sick, vomiting, and dying (we reported the breeder but nothing came of it). Is this an emergency? Was he regurgitating or does this sound like an illness? I know that birds often don't show signs of illness until it's too late and I can never be sure.

I called my vet's office but they just went on their lunch break and aren't answering the phone! There are no other avian vets nearby, as I live in Alaska and everything here is sparse. It's been about 30 minutes since the incident and he's behaving as usual.
 

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Sounds like regurgitation to me. Regurgitation leaves the brought up food in a neat little (gross lol) pile, vomit will be flung about.
Keep an eye on your bird and if you feel things aren’t right then certainly see a vet.
 

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Sounds like regurgitation to me, too :)
 
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