Why Do Budgies Yawn (Is it Normal)

Last Updated on April 17, 2022 by Ali Shahid

Why do Budgies Yawn

While budgies are small, they sometimes do things that are remarkably similar to something that humans do. Yawning is one of these activities, to the extent that the yawn of a budgie has the same significance as that of a human yawn. Yawning can be normal or abnormal depending upon the reasons.

If you pay close attention to the timing of your budgie’s yawning, this will give you a clearer picture of why he does it. You can tell if a budgie is yawning by its willingness to open its mouth wide, but it can also be an indication that your budgie is ill. Now we will discuss these reasons in detail.

Why do Budgies Yawn

As you have already discovered why budgies yawn but now we will discuss these reasons in detail.


You will find that your budgie will yawn when he is in a good mood! The simple yawn that you might hear from your feather baby whenever you are petting them or talking to them means that they are extremely happy and enjoying the attention we are giving them!

Imagine the very next time you are offering affection to your parrot and it starts to yawn, you can think of it as a perfect little smile! Being the owner of a parrot, or a bird of any species for that matter is one of the many reasons why owning a bird is the best!

Contagious Yawning

All mammal species belonging to social groups yawn from time to time. All animals that can yawn are agreed to mimic the body language of other animals (or even humans).

The State University of New York published a study examining how yawning is contagious among budgies in the process of proving which behavior is found in budgies. Before this study was published, it was not known that the same behavior was found in budgies.

To put it another way, budgies are emotionally intelligent enough to yawn at the sight of someone else doing it, so they can mimic that behavior. It is not only that they are talented mimics, but because they are flock birds, they also have a high level of empathy. In addition, they can understand how social behavior affects them.


It has been reported by Scientific American that yawning might mean that the body is tired and that the conditions inside the body are changing.

Budgies yawn when they are tired, when they are beginning to wake up, or when they are experiencing a change in the level of alertness.

If a budgie yawns continuously, that can indicate they aren’t getting enough sleep, since they are yawing to indicate that.

Stretching Muscles

When budgies are sleeping they usually do not show much movement, but upon waking, they will stretch their neck muscles by yawning to get ready for the next day. We do the same thing every morning when we get up after a good night’s sleep.

It’s not unusual for budgies to yawn so loud that they’ll stretch their neck for a while, flapping their wings, and possibly swaying their hips. This is how you can tell if your budgie had a good night’s sleep.


When a budgie yawns, it means that it has just used its feathers to preen them. The act of moving the feathers in this manner removes dirt and spreads oils in the feathers as a natural process. They are kept healthy and clean by this process.

The reason some birds yawn after preening using their beaks is that they need to reposition their crop after the fact. The preening process is a good opportunity for dust and dirt to enter your bird’s digestive tract, so it makes sense to yawn to see if that is the case.

Your budgie may have something stuck in its mouth if it yawns repeatedly after grooming.

Getting More Oxygen

If a budgie is resting, his or her breathing may be slower for some time. If the budgie opens its mouth and yawns, he or she will get more oxygen into the body, which is what their bodies need.

As your budgie’s body gets a little more oxygen after a yawn, it will help to rejuvenate it and rid it of any excess tiredness that has accumulated from the slow breathing.

Humans also yawn when they sit for a long period on their feet without moving, which is why it is more likely that they yawn after they do this.

Why Is My Budgie Opening And Closing Its Mouth?

Even though budgies may yawn from time to time, it’s not a common behavior to see constant yawning from them. When you have several parrots around, you will likely find that they start to yawn once in a while.

The reason that they do this is that they catch each other yawning. No, we will discuss some abnormal reasons that can lead to budgies yawning.


When your parrot continuously opens its mouth wide, this could mean that something is stuck in the parrot’s throat or crop, which could show up as an open mouth. As the animal attempts to remove the object, it may also demonstrate head shaking or other unusual movements as it yawns.

Usually, it’s seeds and nut remnants that become stuck in a nozzle, but large pieces of food can also get lodged. The best thing you can do is to immediately give your parrot some water to wash down any object it may have swallowed.

You mustn’t attempt to remove it yourself as you may end up making the obstruction worse. We highly recommend that you seek the assistance of a veterinary professional instead.


The presence of yawning is another common sign of an infection in the parrot’s throat caused by a bacterial or yeast infection. It is candida, or thrush, that causes the most yeast infections in women.

Aspergillosis, another common fungal infection according to VCA Hospitals, is another disease that could be caused by fungi. The upper and lower portions of the respiratory tract are affected by this disease, which includes the nasal and sinus cavities, the eyes, trachea, lungs, and air sacs.

Usually, the most likely victims are birds with weakened immune systems due to other diseases or malnutrition. Although it does not spread, healthy parrots may become infected by the spores if they are exposed to them.

Respiratory Problems

A budgie that has difficulty breathing, whether due to allergies or unhealthy air, will not be able to take in as much oxygen as they normally would if their lungs were healthy. If they are not able to breathe through their noses, or if their bird nares are blocked, they will have to breathe through their mouths.

There is a certain amount of frequency with which the budgie will open its mouth to do this, depending on how severe the problem is. As soon as this occurs, have your bird check their nares and give them some fresh air.

Crop Adjustment

A crop is a pouch that is attached to the digestive system and is found near the throat. It is during the feeding phase of the budgie’s life that the food moves first to the crop of the bird, where it is softened, and then continues along through the rest of their digestive system.

When the budgies eat, they must clean their crop if any food has gotten stuck in it. Usually, this is done by adjusting the crop so that it is free of food. The crop is a muscle that controls the movement of the throat muscles, so they open and close their mouths repeatedly to clear their crops correctly.

Yawning is a normal part of the budgie’s body, as long as it does not happen persistently and does not come with a symptom. The budgie mimics others when he yawns, trying to show contentment, and showing that he is sleepy.


The environmental irritants or foods that birds ingest can cause allergies in them. Budgies often exhibit signs of yawning, as seen when their mouths open and close repeatedly as if they were working as well as developing foul-smelling discharge near their nose and mouth along with excessive sneezing.


In short, we can come to the conclusion that budgies can yawn for many different reasons, most of them being perfectly natural. One of the most important things about these birds is their ability to mimic their kind and other birds.

By doing so, they eventually develop some habits, much like yawning. Normally, yawning is not abnormal, but if your budgie has been continuously yawning for days in a row then it might be considered abnormal.

It is important to take your feathered friend to the vet for a checkup to make sure he or she is healthy.


  • Ali Shahid

    Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.

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