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hello, I just got my little friend very recently he is about 4 months I was told and he is eating fine but is a little scared as he is adjusting to his new environment. And I noticed slight tail bobbing I did a lot of research and I donít know if I am being paranoid I put a link of what it looks like I am not sure if this means he is really sick and Iím worried about him. He seems to be acting normal but was breathing a little fast Iím not sure if he is scared or is cold. I will have him covered to keep him warm for the night but I donít know what I should do. Also I have another bird a cockatiel I am keeping him quarantined for now but I am wondering if my little budgie is sick could he give the sickness to my cocktiel too?



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I believe your budgie is stressed which is why he is breathing a bit more heavily resulting in the slight tail bob.

The answer to your question is that yes, illnesses can spread from one bird species to another.

The fact that you have your budgie quarantined away from the cockatiel shows you are following good practices in caring for your birds.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

This is what tail bobbing in a sick bird looks like:
Budgie Health Tips on Tail Bobbing and Laboured Breathing from Doctor Ross Perry's Budgie Book - YouTube
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Thanks for the advice my parakeet seems to be adjusting fine he chirps frequently and loves to play and be active. But when I put him back in his cage and he is relaxing he still has a slight tail bob, could this mean he is ill. He doesnít tail bob while heís playing or is active only when he is sitting on his perch just relaxing.

He also loves to eat and be out of his cage and fly so I donít know what the slight tail bobbing could be. He seem like a healthy bird itís just the slight tail bobbing he doesnít fluff up or cough

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Some budgies' tails move (bob) very slightly when they breathe and Steve sounds quite normal.

If you are still concerned about the matter at this point, the proper course of action is to have him seen by an Avian Vet.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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