A Sitting Pigeon: Is it cute or injured?

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Written By ManuelPeterson

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Animals are known to avoid showing signs of illness. This is especially important for wild animals. Wild animals that show signs of sickness or weakness in the wild are more likely to be hounded by other animals, or attacked by predators or rivals. We will tell you everything you need to know about a sitting pigeon in this article.

Internet users sometimes upload cute pictures of animals doing unexpected things, such as these photos of sitting pigeons. Most pigeons aren’t content to sit and do cute things, as experienced bird watchers and professionals will tell you. This could be an indication of illness.

A sitting pigeon on a busy street is a prime target for predators, especially stray animals, and may be stomped on or accidentally kicked by pedestrians. A sitting pigeon should always be considered a sign of distress and cause for concern.

How to spot a sick bird sitting Pigeon

Bird behavior and appearance can help you spot signs and symptoms that a bird is sick or injured.


*If it isn’t flying away when approached

Birds are designed to fly away from humans and other animals who get too close to them. This is an essential survival instinct. You should be concerned if you see a bird that won’t fly away when you approach it.

* Puffing, panting, or other signs of difficulty breathing

A bird that is unable to breathe through its open beak or puffs, wheezes, or wheezing can indicate illness. The sitting pigeon same prognosis applies to birds that have their tail bobbing whenever they take a breath.

* Unsteady position

Unsteadiness in a resting animal is a sign of sickness. Parrots that are healthy tend to rest in a slightly vertical, but not completely horizontal, position. As our sitting pigeon is in an unusual posture for birds, horizontal laying down is almost unheard-of.

A bird’s type can help you distinguish between a good and bad posture. A combination of slouchy postures and puffy feathers can be a sign of bird sickness.

* Elevated wings or drooping

As a compensation for their balance, some birds will raise or keep their wings in an erect position. You may also notice drooping in young chicks if they are still learning how to tuck their wings, or if the bird has been bathed or misted.

If any of these explanations don’t apply to your bird, it could be sick. Particularly if your bird is sitting dejectedly or its wings are drooping.

*Rooting in unusual places

It could be a sign that the bird is not doing well. Wild birds tend to roost within safe areas, such as niches and cavities. These places provide shelter from the elements and are ideal for wild birds.

* Half-closed eyes

Half-closed eyes and squinting are common signs of illness in birds. Birds should be alert in order to survive. A bird that appears sleepy and has its eyes half closed may be in danger.

* Avoiding other birds

Most animals hate weakness in their companions. Birds that have an underlying illness will hide it from other birds so they don’t attack or shun it.

* Head tilted one way or under a wing

When it is sick, a bird will tilt its head constantly to one side or curl up under a wing.

* Losing balance, falling off perch or teetering off it

Birds can balance even on one leg on a perch. A bird that is constantly teetering or losing its balance may be injured or sick. It may be in serious condition if it falls from its perch.

* Sleeping for an unusually long time

This is a common trait in both sick animals and humans. You may notice your bird sleeping in unusual hours of the day, which could indicate that it is having health problems.

* Personality changes

You may be concerned if your pet bird suddenly changes from friendly to aggressive, or from playful to lethargy. Wild birds are also at risk. This is especially true if you observe a wild bird acting aggressively without prompting.

* Changes in eating and drinking habits

It is considered trouble if a bird refuses to eat its favorite food or, in the case of hummingbirds it, nectar. This is also true if they drink or eat too much. A sick bird will show symptoms of decreased appetite rather than an increase.

* Throwing up

Regurgitation is a common part of birds’ courtship rituals. Sometimes, a bird may throw up if they are feeling sick. You should consult an avian or online resource if you observe a bird throwing up undigested food.


* Eye-swelling

Sinusitis is characterized by swelling of the eyes. Sinusitis can be caused by a fungal or bacterial infection. It can cause swelling or discharge in the eyes of one or both eyes.

* Dark, unfocused, or unusually colored eyes

Birds need to be alert for predators, as we have already mentioned. Unwell birds may have eyes that look dull or sunken.

* Wet or crusty discharge from the nose, eye, mouth or eyes

Eye problems may manifest as discharge around the bird’s eyes. You should also look out for any signs of crusting or wetness around their mouths and noses.

* Wet, grimy or matted feathers

Birds tend to keep their feathers neat and clean. A bird that isn’t able to clean its feathers properly may be considered weak. Also, check to see if the bird has gotten its vent feathers matted. Sometimes, matt feathers can be a sign that the bird is sick.

* Loss of feathers

Some birds have a natural pluck appearance. If a bird begins to lose feathers, it could be a sign that things are not going as planned. Experts and bird watchers agree that parasite infestation is the most common reason for plucking feathers.

* Fluffed or puffy feathers

A healthy bird will have puffy or flaccid feathers if it wants warmth or is feeling unwell.

* Visible injuries, wounds, or lesions

To determine if a bird is injured, check for bleeding or visible wounds. Bleeding is an indication that the bird needs to be treated. The sitting pigeon in our article could have a cut, or an abrasion that prevents it from standing normally.

* Droppings may change in consistency, form, or color

One of the best ways to tell if a bird is sick or not is by droppings. Any changes in the appearance or color of droppings should be noticed. Changes in the appearance of droppings could be related to food. It is important to check the bird’s diet.