This kestrel is suddenly streching his neck out and moving it back and forth, side to side and working his shoulders like food is lodged or he's having crop issues, but I haven't actually seen an obstruction. This behavior is not isolated to feeding time. He seems to eat OK (fresh whole sparrows/mice), weight remains stable (keeping him on the creace & a little higher than optimal flight weight until this is resolved), mutes look alright, but I'm concerned as this is a new behavior. Thoughts?
I've watched Buzz do that motion while cropping her up. Most likely, the bird is packing her crop... kinda like gulping. They make that weird serpentine movement and then they start eating again. Is that what's happening?
Post by Falcon Boy on Oct 19, 2004 17:12:15 GMT -5
My last RT would do that when being fed a really large meal, he would move his head around, shoulders, everything try to make room for more food LOL. [thats what im assuming he was doing it for anyways...]
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Passage Flyer was he "putting over his crop"? Some birds want immediate satisfaction and "put over" food at the time of feeding. Which looks like they are trying to wiggle their own heads off. My HH does this. Both of my redtails and my Kbird did not.