'Sneezing' birds

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1wattlebird
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'Sneezing' birds

I have some Indian Mynas (common) that are 'sneezing' or 'coughing' and I would like to know whether anyone else has witnessed this sort of action? I may have also seen a English Starling (common) 'sneezing' as well. All the bird in my yard are too heathy so that would not be the problem. I was wondering whether it could be the cold, it has got down to under 10 degrees celsius, that has given them a cold?

Tazrandus
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My birds sneeze when they preen and get down in their nostrils or when they drink too fast and get water in their nostrils.
Haven't seen this happen with the local mynas and starlings though. Mynas however do make this sharp "bowing" action with their heads very often but I don't know what it is. I don't know whether it is similar to the coughing action you are witnessing from your birds. I hope it is nothing serious.

Taz

1wattlebird
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No, it isn't the nodding. I don't think it is nasty, I was just interested. I have one Myna that is aways 'sneezing'. For a while I didn't notice, but it is a much more violent 'nod'.:)

1wattlebird
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I should clarify seeing nobody is as interested in the Indian Myna as I am(they shouldn't be here, but they have fascinating social groups). The 'bowing' action is part of their 'dance' to mantain their authority in the group. If there is a dispute between two birds, and the less important bird stops the 'nodding' or 'bowing' action before the more important bird there's a fight. This also can happen between four Mynas or more.

Araminta
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hi 1wattlebird, not that I wasn't interested, it's just that where I live, we don't have any Mynas ( I'm quite happy about that, sorry!) I have seen other birds do the nodding and bowing though, the Bronze wings do it as part of their "mating ritual". Are you sure, that that's not what they are doing?

M-L

1wattlebird
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It can be part of everything. If one partner does not know where the other one is, it will nod and chatter. If the other one is not far away (they rarely go far from their partners) it will fly and run to the calling partner and they will touch beaks. Like a kiss. So you are right in way. There are a few that have been around awhile so a whould not like to see them go. In recent times, just the ones in my yard, their numbers have got crazy.

Araminta
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...if I don't know, where my husband is, nodding doesn't help...LOL

M-L

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