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Dear Robin

Can we check and measure the Body Temperature in Birds with a thermometer device?.


I would highly advise against using a thermometer to measure a bird's temperature.  It has to be taken via the cloaca and there is too great a risk of rupturing the cloacal sac.  Most veterinarians would not even attempt it. Instead, there are other reliable indicators of health that you can use, and don`t carry the risk.

Different species of birds have different body temperature ranges (the normal range is from 104- 108F). If you're trying to just get an idea of the bird's temperature, you can hold the bird's beak to your lips, or feel their feet.  These are the areas where a bird releases heat from, so cold feet = cold bird. Overheating can be judged by symptoms displayed by the bird, such as breathing with a wide open beak, or holding wings away from the body.


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Robin Keister


I can answer questions about bird identification, avian physiology, avian conservation, avian genetics, bird song and music, and injured/ill/orphaned bird rehabilitation. I am not trained as a veterinarian and therefore can NOT answer questions about companion/pet bird injuries or diseases.

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