Bird weight chart

Keeping an eye on your bird's weight is one of the best things that you can do for it. But, it's also important to know what your bird's particular species should weigh. Keep in mind that there is a range of acceptable wait even amongst birds of the same species.

Since birds hide their illnesses, injuries, and pain, one of the first clues that something is wrong is  often a drop in weight. A lot of people think that they can just pick up their bird and tell whether it's losing weight. However, losing just 10% of its weight is harmful and an indication that something is wrong.

My Congo African grey, named Smokey, weighs  492 grams.  10% of his weight is 49 grams. That's a little less than 2 oz. If he were to lose 2 ounces over the course of, say, two months, I wouldn't be able to detect that minute weight loss. By the time I noticed that he had been losing weight it might be too late. That’s why keeping a running tally of your bird's weight is important. 

At BirdSupplies.com we're all about parrot wellness and one way to keep your parrot well is to help it to maintain an appropriate weight.

Keeping an eye on your bird's weight is one of the best things that you can do for it. But, it's also important to know what your bird's particular species should weigh. Keep in mind that there is a range of acceptable wait even amongst birds of the same species.

Since birds hide their illnesses, injuries, and pain, one of the Pafirst clues that something is wrong is  often a drop in weight. A lot of people think that they can just pick up their bird and tell whether it's losing weight. However, losing just 10% of its weight is harmful and an indication that something is wrong.

My Congo African grey, named Smokey, weighs  492 grams.  10% of his weight is 49 grams. That's a little less than 2 oz. If he were to lose 2 ounces over the course of, say, two months, I wouldn't be able to detect that minute weight loss. By the time I noticed that he had been losing weight it might be too late. That’s why keeping a running tally of your bird's weight is important. 

BirdSupplies.com we're all about parrot wellness and one way to keep your parrot well is to help it to maintain an appropriate weight.

How Often Should You Weigh Your Bird?

People often ask how often should I weigh my bird. I like to encourage people to get into a routine of weighing their bird once a week, on the same day, and preferably before breakfast. You can keep a running chart on your bird's wait every week. You'll probably notice that your bird's weight fluctuates a little bit,  just like yours. That's okay.

What you're actually looking for is a slow and steady downward spiral. If that happens give your avian vet a call.

Is it bad if my bird is overweight?

Just like with people birds can experience complications from being overweight. If your bird weighs 15% over its ideal weight it may be considered to be obese. Ask your avian vet what your bird's ideal weight should be in grams.

One complication of being overweight is  the toll it takes on the cardiovascular system. Excess fat can develop around the heart requiring it to work harder to circulate  blood.  Plus, fatty deposits can clog up veins and arteries leaving your bird susceptible to a stroke or an aneurysm.

Another complication of being overweight is the effect it has on your birds joints. Namely, the joints and its legs and feet which have to carry the excess weight.  If your bird is overweight it causes the legs and the hips to splay in a widened stance.  All this wear and tear can cause a painful arthritic condition as your bird ages. Not only that, your bird will have difficulties tolerating normal exercise, causing a snowball effect of overall poor health.

Finally, overweight birds are prone to acquiring deadly fatty liver disease. A bird with Fatty liver disease is more prone to developing  symptoms of stress and have difficulties with its immune system. 

All of these fatty deposits in the body can also impaired normal organ functioning. Your vet can perform a variety of tests to determine if critical organs are not functioning properly

How do you make an obese bird lose weight?

As you've read, obesity in birds causes several painful and life-threatening problems. so, you'll want to help your bird achieve an optimum weight and maintain it.

The first thing you're going to want to do is improve your bird's diet. Avian nutrition experts tell us that feeding your bird a premium, organic pellet, like Harrison's Bird Food, Roudybush, or TOPs is important but you’ll want to  supplement pellets with a good range of fresh, uncooked, plant-based foods.

 If you're unsure of how to get your bird to eat more vegetables and plant-based Foods, check out my video on 9 ways to get your parrot to eat its veggies. Another great resource is the parrots fine cuisine cookbook. you'll learn about the nutritional values of different plant-based foods and get a ton of tasty recipes that you can make for your bird.

Now, take a look at the treats that you've been giving your bird. A lot of bird treats are empty calories. They are often high in sugar and fat. Save the treats for special occasions and training purposes.

Finally, you can help your obese bird lose weight by increasing its opportunities to exercise. Evaluate your bird's cage size and climbing opportunities. Get your bird a play stand to climb about on. You can encourage your bird to move about the play stand by placing stations with healthy foods in them In different areas. This is a great way to ward off boredom too!

What is a good weight for a bird? 

 Below is a chart showing the average weight of different species of birds. But once again, you'll want to ask your  avian vet what the ideal weight is for your bird?

 

Why do we weigh birds in grams?

Birds are weighed in grams because they're very lightweight, with many birds weighing less than a pound. There are over 450 grams in a pound. Weighing in grams allows for precise measurements that pounds can't achieve. For instance, a pound scale might not even notice a weight change that's less than half of a bird's body weight, which could be crucial for their health.

Furthermore, birds are masters at hiding illness, making weight loss one of the earliest indicators of a potential health problem. Monitoring their weight in grams helps us catch issues early. An unexplained 10% change in weight is often a red flag that something may be wrong, prompting owners to seek veterinary care promptly.

Why should I keep track of my birds weight?

Tracking your bird's weight on a chart each week is a simple yet vital practice in avian care. It allows you to monitor their health trends over time, catching any subtle changes that could signal underlying issues. For example, if your bird's weight shows a consistent downward trend over several weeks, it could indicate a health problem that needs attention. On the flip side, a sudden spike in weight might suggest dietary changes or potential illness. Regular tracking helps you stay proactive and catch these changes early, ensuring your bird's well-being.

To make this process easier for you, we're offering a free downloadable weight tracking chart. This chart is designed to be user-friendly and provides space for recording your bird's weight each week. Simply fill in the date and corresponding weight, and you'll have a clear visual representation of your bird's health journey. Monitoring their weight on this chart can give you peace of mind and empower you to provide the best possible care for your feathered friend.


Parrot Weight Chart by Species

Bird Species Sub-species Average Wt. in Grams
African Grey Cameroon 400-750
African Grey  Congo 470-700
African Grey  Timneh 300-360
Amazon  Blue-fronted 275-510
Amazon  Cuban 240+/-
Amazon  DYH 450-650
Amazon  Lilac-Crown 325+/-
Amazon  Mealy 540-700
Amazon  Orange-winged 360-490
Amazon  Red-lored 350+/-
Amazon  White front 205-235
Amazon  Yellow-fronted 380-480
Amazon  Yellow-naped 480-680
Budgie / Parakeet American 25-40
Budgie / Parakeet Bourke 41-49
Budgie / Parakeet English 45-65
Budgie / Parakeet Indian Ringneck 116-140
Budgie / Parakeet Moustache 100-140
Caique Blackheaded 145-170
Caique White Bellied 165+/-
Cockatoo Galah 345 +/-
Cockatoo Goffins 221-386
Cockatoo Greater Sulphur Crested 880 +/-
Cockatoo Lesser Sulphur Crested 350 +/-
Cockatoo Moluccan 640-1025
Cockatoo Rose-breasted 281-390
Cockatoo Umbrella 600-900
Conure Blue-crowned 84-100
Conure Dusky 90+/-
Conure Greater Patagonian 315-390
Conure Green Cheek 60-89
Conure Jenday 120+/-
Conure Lesser Patagonian 240-310
Conure Mitred 200+/-
Conure Nanday 140 +/-
Conure Orange-fronted 73 +/-
Conure Painted 55 +/-
Conure Queen of Bavaria 270 +/-
Conure Red-masked 200 +/-
Conure Sun 100-130
Conure White-eyed 140 +/-
Eclectus Greater Vasa 480 +/-
Eclectus Red-sided 380-450
Eclectus Solomon Island 350-425
Eclectus Vosmaeri 430-550
Finch Zebra 16+/-
Lory Blue-streaked 160
Lory Chattering 200
Lory Dusky 155
Lory Rainbow 130
Lory Red 170
Lovebird Fischer's 50
Lovebird Masked 50 +/-
Lovebird Peach-faced 55
Macaw Blue & Gold 800-1292
Macaw Green winged 900-1529
Macaw Hahn's 165 +/-
Macaw Hyacinth 1200-1450
Macaw Illiger's 265 =/-
Macaw Lear's 940 +/-
Macaw Military 900 +/-
Macaw Noble 190 +/-
Macaw Red-fronted 525 +/-
Macaw Scarlet 900-1100
Macaw Severe 360 +/-
Macaw Spix 360 +/-
Macaw Yellow-Collared 250 +/-
Parrots, Misc Brown-headed 125
Parrots, Misc Cape 320
Parrots, Misc Great-billed 260
Parrots, Misc Hawk-headed 260
Parrots, Misc Jardine 200
Parrots, Misc Meyers 120
Parrots, Misc Painted 55 +/-
Parrots, Misc Quaker Parrot 90-150
Parrots, Misc Red bellied 125
Parrots, Misc Senegal 110-130
Pionus Blue-headed 230-260
Pionus Bronze-winged 210 +/-
Pionus Dusky 200 +/-
Pionus White-capped 180 +/-

 


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References:

Merck Veterinary Manual. (n.d.). Nutritional Disorders of Pet Birds (Pet Owner Version). Retrieved from https://www.merckvetmanual.com/bird-owners/disorders-and-diseases-of-birds/nutritional-disorders-of-pet-birds

UK Pet Food. (2022, July 15). Bird Size-O-Meter. Retrieved from https://www.ukpetfood.org/resource/bird-size-o-meter.html

Diane Burroughs, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist trained in ABA therapy techniques. She specializes in avian anxiety disorders and is certified in Nutrition For Mental Health. Diane has written a number of bird behavior books and she offers behavior consultations. She's developed a range of UnRuffledRx Science-backed Parrot Wellness Supplies.

Diane's products have been featured in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and at Exoticscon, a conference for exotic pet veterinarians. Her bird collars & supplements are stocked in avian vet clinics and bird stores throughout the US. With over 30 years in the field of behavior, Diane has created thousands of successful individualized behavior plans that help pets thrive.

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