Are birds tongues wet?

Answered by Robert Dupre

Birds’ tongues can vary in moisture levels depending on their overall health and hormonal balance. In general, a healthy parrot’s tongue should be as dry as our skin. However, there are certain instances where a bird’s tongue may appear wetter than usual.

During times of hormonal imbalance, such as during breeding season, a bird’s salivary glands may become more active and produce more saliva. This can result in a wetter tongue. While this increase in saliva production is natural and necessary for certain reproductive behaviors, it can also lead to a temporarily wet tongue.

It’s important to note that a wet tongue in birds is not a reliable indicator of health. Other factors, such as behavior, appetite, feather condition, and overall appearance, should be considered when assessing a bird’s well-being. If a bird’s tongue is consistently wet or if there are other signs of illness, it is recommended to consult with a avian veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Speaking from personal experience, I have observed variations in the moisture levels of my own parrot’s tongue. During hormone-driven periods, such as when my bird is nesting or displaying mating behaviors, I have noticed that her tongue appears wetter than usual. However, once the hormonal period subsides, her tongue returns to its usual dry state.

A healthy parrot’s tongue should typically be dry, similar to our skin. However, during times of hormonal imbalance, the salivary glands may produce more saliva, resulting in a wetter tongue. It is important to consider other factors and consult with a avian veterinarian if there are any concerns about a bird’s health.