My cockatiel of six years, Mikey, died suddenly last night.
It's really bothering me because he showed no signs of illness until the day he passed. I noticed he had a black mark on his beak yesterday that wasn't there the day before, and then it began to peel. This has happened before and I didn't find anything odd about it.
For the rest of the day he seemed ok. He played with his bell, had a few bird conversations with people, ate and drank...it wasn't until later in the night when he started preening. He was really going at his feathers, really pulling at them. After that, he was out of breath, but continued playing with his bell and other toys, and even ate a little. About an hour later I go to check on him, and he's really gasping for air, and he's about to fall off his perch.
I took him out and held him, he started making gagging noises, and his tongue looked out of place. He didn't last much longer after that, and he died in my mothers hands. I didn't see this, but my mom said some blood came out of his mouth.
I really don't know what happened. I'm going to send him for an autopsy, but has anyone heard of anything like this before?