Services for Ornamental Birds

  • Outpatient clinic operations (by appointment)
  • Emergency patient care
  • Advice on care and feeding (by appointment)
  • Preventative care (e.g. check-up prior to scheduled socialization)
  • Internal medicine and laboratory diagnostics
  • Imaging diagnostics (including x-rays and endoscopies)
  • Determination of sex (using PCR, sample material of feathers)
  • Surgical procedures on birds
  • Inpatient treatment and housing of birds

Outpatient clinic operations (by appointment)

Also birds can become ill and require the care of a veterinarian. In the wild ornamental birds are prey rather than predator, so therefore they usually do not display symptoms of illness until they no longer have the energy to hide them. Should your bird appear listless, withdrawn or fluff up his feathers more than usual, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at our clinic (Tel: +43 1 250 77 -5159). Our outpatient clinic is staffed continually from Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During a consultation, we offer services for healthy birds, such as the trimming of overgrown beaks or nails.
We recommend transporting your bird to the clinic in an appropriate cage or container. Small cardboard boxes or cartons are ideal for parakeets and canaries, whereas commercially available closed plastic cat carriers are best for large parrots (African Grey Parrots, Amazon Parrots, Cockatoos).

We strongly urge you to share any information you were given by your bird’s previous veterinarian and to bring along all test results and medications.

Emergency patient care

During our normal outpatient consultation hours (Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.), we will slot in emergency cases giving priority according to medical urgency.For medical emergencies outside of our normal hours of operation (see above), the Clinic for Avian, Reptile and Fish Medicine offers an on-call service. Please note that there is no front‑office staff at the clinic outside of our normal hours, and a veterinarian will only be available to see you and your animal after you have made an appointment by telephone.So that you and your seriously ill bird don't have an unnecessary wait at the clinic, we recommend calling Tel: +43 1 250 77 -5159 before you set out.

How to recognize an emergency

We recommend contacting the clinic if you observe the following symptoms in your bird:

  • difficulty breathing and weakness
  • staying on the floor of the cage for longer periods of time while fluffing up feathers and appearing sleepy
  • acute, significant blood loss or fresh, extensive wounds
  • fresh fractures in wings or leges
  • fresh prolapse of cloacal, intestinal or oviduct tissue
  • when an egg (or part of an egg) is visible in the cloaca
  • any other situation where you judge that your bird's life is in immediate danger

Please be aware that it is our policy to charge a higher fee for emergency cases seen outside of our normal outpatient hours of operation.

Because any of the situations listed above require your seriously ill bird to be seen by a veterinary specialist, we are unable to offer advice over the telephone.


Advice on care and feeding (by appointment)

Since ornamental birds are legally viewed as wild animals with special requirements, questions regarding appropriate housing and nutrition are of central importance to their care.
In order to provide you with the best possible support, we will gladly take extra time upon request to give you detailed information about optimal housing and nutrition for your birds.
You may also contact us if you are considering getting a bird, since, for example, the acquisition of a parrot should be very thoroughly thought out. Parrots are very social and highly intelligent animals; they require lots of room, lots of time and lots of understanding. Acquiring a young animal frequently signifies a commitment that can span decades! Additionally, the laws currently in effect require parrots to be kept in pairs or companies.
Hand-reared parrots become strongly attached to “their” humans. This behaviour is atypical for the species, however, and brought about by an imprinting error. In contrast to native broods, these hand-raised birds are more difficult to socialize with other birds and more frequently display behavioural problems, such as plucking at themselves or screaming. Once these animals reach sexual maturity (3 – 5 years for large parrots) they may exhibit "aggressive" (misdirected sexual) behaviour towards their primary caregiver and other family members. Hand-rearing of healthy chicks for commercial purposes is prohibited by law in Austria.
Pertaining to the question of cage size, the rule of thumb is: the bigger, the better! All parrots and parakeets like to play and climb, and only a cage of sufficient size offers enough room for toys, climbing branches, swings etc. Many of the members of the smaller species (such as parakeets) are fast, nimble flyers, and need enough room to fly.

According to Austria's 2nd Regulation Regarding the Keeping of Animals (Appendix 2: Minimum requirements for the keeping of birds), cages must be sized for different species of birds as follows:


Parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus)

Cage measurements (L x W x H in cm): 80 x 40 x 60

This cage measurement applies to housing a pair of budgies and may not be reduced even in a justifiable case of keeping a single bird. In case of proven compatibility with a further pair of birds, the floor area must be increased by 50% (e.g. 4 parakeets require a cage measuring 100 cm x 50 cm x 60 cm).


African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)

Cage measurements (L x W x H in m): 3.0 x 2.0 x 2.0

and the size of the shelter (floor area in m2 x height in m): 1.0 x 2.0
These animals are to be kept in family groups or companies. These birds may be kept in pairs during the breeding season. The keeping of single birds is allowed only in justifiable cases on an exception basis.


Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot (Amazona aestiva)

Cage measurements (L x W x H in m): 3.0 x 2.0 x 2.0

and the size of the shelter (floor area in m2 x height in m): 1.0 x 2.0
These animals are to be kept in family groups or companies. These birds may be kept in pairs during the breeding season. The keeping of single birds is allowed only in justifiable cases on an exception basis.


We can also advise you in questions regarding nutrition.


Even though most parrots and parakeets kept by humans enjoy eating all-seed diets, they must have a constant supply of fruits, vegetables and minerals (important: calcium!) available. A diet consisting only of seed mixtures will lead to nutritional deficits in these animals, since the amounts of calcium and beta‑carotene / vitamin A in these mixtures are fundamentally insufficient!