by Heike Ewing Ott
Most parrot owners understand that what goes into the bird must come back out, but many are not prepared for the differences in color of the droppings from day to day. Color changes in bird droppings can occur for several reasons. This article discusses red-colored droppings in particular.
Regarding red poopies: What does everyone/anyone think about this?…. have you ever experienced anything like this?
Yes, many of my birds have colored poopies when they eat colored things, and all of them have brownish droppings when eating pellets and green droppings when eating seed. This is one of the ways I can tell when they really start eating the pellets during a conversion from seed.
Pomegranate will color their droppings red, as will red pellets and treats. Also, juicy fruits and vegetables will often cause droppings that have excess urine (liquid) – this is NOT diarrhea and not anything to be concerned about. Diarrhea is when the “stool” part of the dropping is semi-liquid or liquid, and that is a good reason to get the bird to the vet ASAP.
A note about bloody stools:
” Red” blood in the stool generally means they are bleeding from or very close to the vent, not internally. Internal bleeding results in black stool, because the blood gets digested in the intestines and turns black. Black stools can also indicate starvation, or a bacterial/fungal infection that is not allowing food to be processed through the system.