Why Does My Parakeet Shake? 

Parakeets, just like any other birds, have their own ways of expressing their comforts and discomforts. You, as owners, might be well aware of these different reactions that your parakeet displays to ordinary things.

However, sometimes when they go off or behave in unusual ways, you might get pretty confused. As they are small, they are also easy to maintain.

Hence, parakeets are commonly adopted as pets around the world. As a part of their expression or communication, they might indicate behaviors that they do not usually portray.

They might puff up, start shaking, make unusual movements or noises, etc. Whether these actions are ordinary or whether you should take the pet to a veterinarian are the usual questions that will pop into your mind when you see them.

We would like you to know that shaking in birds is not always a problem. It can just be a result of something as ordinary as preening. If the shaking persists or is frequently happening, it might be a concern.

This article will give you insights into the possible reasons why your bird might be acting weird and quick home remedies that you can resort to help the bird feel comfortable again. 

Why Does My Parakeet Shake

Why Is My Parakeet Shaking?

 1.) Unusual weather conditions: 

Just like human beings react to the changing atmosphere and weather conditions, animals also tend to make specific bodily changes to adapt and adjust to the surrounding temperature.

The same pattern can be observed in birds too. If your bird starts shaking suddenly, the first thing to check is the room’s temperature.

It should not be either very cold or hot. It tends to react to higher or lower temperatures quickly. The temperature at which birds are usually comfortable is 18 to 26 degrees celsius.

A temperature above this can also cause discomfort. Your parakeet might start shaking suddenly as it tries to flip its wings and keep the temperature around cool. It fans itself to create a breeze around it so that it feels cold. 

Remedy: Trying to adjust the temperature of your room is one of the predominant ways you can try. If adjusting is difficult then try to cover your parakeet with a cloth or a blanket to feel warm.

Keep it protected until it stops shaking. If the room temperature is too hot, switch on the cooler or AC or keep the parakeet’s cage near a fan. This will prevent the parakeet from getting overheated. 

2.) Emotional displays:

It is usual for birds to feel emotions just like humans. Just like we smile while being happy and cry while being sad, birds also react through bodily actions to express their feelings. Parakeets are known for experiencing such emotions usually.

One such example of when they might feel stressed and anxious is when they are new to a particular home or atmosphere. Sudden environmental factors such as loud noises or excessive pollution can also cause your bird to tremble.

An interesting fact about parakeets is that it is not just these negative emotions that make the parakeet shiver and shake. They might shiver even when they are extremely happy. 

Remedy: If these kinds of unprecedented outbursts are making her shiver, try to control that particular environmental factors and calm the atmosphere immediately.

Give time for her to adjust to the surroundings. Be around her and try to communicate with her. Even after all these methods, if she still doesn’t calm down, it’s better to take her to a vet immediately because the shaking might be due to other reasons. 

3.) Preening: 

Preening is the act where birds clean and waterproof themselves using their beak and mouth. While doing so, they lift their feathers and make sure that they touch upon all their body parts.

Parakeet Preening

Even during these times or after preening, you might find your bird shaking. It is a natural grooming process, and birds usually love to do it.

Birds such as parakeets might get puffed up or shake a lot during this process. This shaking happens due to the muscle contractions between the head and tail. Technically, the vibration must stop when it stops preening. If it persists, you might have to investigate further. 

Remedy:  You don’t have to worry much if your parakeet is shaking during preening because it is natural. Calmly, wait for it to stop preening, and check if the shivering has stopped. 

4.) Food allergies: 

You must know the proper diet that your pet should consume before you start feeding it. When you find or get a pet, what is appropriate for their health and what isn’t should be appropriately inquired about.

They are allergic to some food, chemicals, metals, and smells. Make sure that you do not expose your parakeet to these elements. Following are some of the foods to which parakeets are usually allergic: 

    • Avocado
    • Caffeine 
    • Tomato Leaves
    • Chocolates 
    • Onions 
    • Garlic 
    • Mushrooms
    • Some nuts
    • Some fruits
    • Xylitol 

Remedy: As an allergic reaction to the consumption of these foods, they might shake severely. It is crucial that you immediately take your pet to a vet in such cases as the solution might be taking medicines. 

5.) Injuries: 

Injuries can create unbearable pain for your bird. There might be multiple situations like flight or flipping wings vigorously when the bird might have got injured.

The wound or injury does not necessarily have to be external. It can be internal too. Make sure that you check for any visible signs other than shaking the body. 

Remedy: Even during this time, resorting to medical aids is the best solution as the vet will be able to recognize the kind of injury and provide medicines or band-aids accordingly.

6.) Illness: 

If the shaking is not due to any of the reasons mentioned above and continues for a long time, your parakeet might be sick.

However, in case of sickness, the shaking might be accompanied by other symptoms such as inactiveness, low chirping, notable differences in eyes, and so forth. 

Remedy: Medical treatment

7.) Preparation to fly: 

Just like we human beings face a stage of fear before starting a new venture, birds also face anxiety when preparing to fly. This shaking is like a warmup for their body.

It might also show other physical activities such as stomping continuously on the perch and lifting their feet. However, this shivering might be temporary, and hence you need not worry about it. 

What are the discomforts usually seen in Parakeets? 

Apart from shaking and trembling, birds might also show other symptoms to display that they are in discomfort. Your bird might start using just one part of your body excessively.

For example, it might stand only on one leg or only flip one wing for a long time. Squinting is also one sign that indicates your bird is in discomfort. There might also be changes in daily routine, such as eating and sleeping.

The bird might face a loss of appetite or lethargy. They might also show lameness, inability to stand, or visible breathing problems. Following are the answers to some of the other associated frequently asked questions related to parakeets: 

1.) Why do Parakeets bob their heads?

By bobbing their heads, parakeets try to indicate that it is their own territory and no other bird should be in the vicinity. 

2.) Why do Parakeets scratch themselves? 

Parakeets scratch themselves as a part of preening. They try to clean the dust and dirt from their bodies by scratching themselves. 

3.) Why do Parakeets puff up? 

Parakeets puff up when they are adapting to the temperature. It is a way of making themselves warm. They trap air under their wings as much as possible. 

4.) Why do Parakeets flap wings? 

Parakeets flap their wings as a way of communicating with owners and others. You can observe the pattern and understand what they might be wanting you to know. 

See also: Do Parakeets Sleep During the Day?


These are some of the reasons why parakeets might face discomfort because of which they might start trembling.

However, make sure that the first thing you need to do is to keep yourself relaxed so that you can try to understand the exact reason why your parakeet might be behaving in unusual manners.

Once you recognize it, understand if it is something serious and requires medical attention or can be treated in your home itself.

Once you figure it out, start the process immediately so that your parakeet is healthy and fine very soon, so that you as well as your parakeet feel better. 

Susan R Elliston

I have over 11 years of experience as a vet working with a wonderful variety of species of innocent and lovely animals. Whilst I still work two days a week for a local practice, I realized that I could help more people by sharing my knowledge and experience with my readers.

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