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Cockatiel head ticcing/twitching?

I will firstly say this is NOT about any of my Cockatiels.

The last time I went to the local bird store, there was a young male Cinnamon Cockatiel, I noticed when he walked along the perch, his head would tic/twitch.. it was definitely ticcing or twitching, he wasn't shaking or anything, he was actually really calm while I stood in front of the cage watching him.

First thing I thought of is possible ear problem? ear infection?

I told the guy ( who works there ) that he really needs to be seen, but this bird store is very scummy when it comes to caring about the birds needs, especially vet care, if they have a sick bird, you ought to put up a fight to try and get them to believe that the bird is sick and needs to be seen asap! ( they play dumb, even if the bird is sitting on the bottom of the cage and it is obvious ) Of course I had no luck talking him into having this Cockatiel seen, I felt so bad leaving him there.

What do you guys think?!

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My cockatiels head twitch when I talk to them specially if I sing to them, its weird but theyve always done it and its at no other times,

could it be possible it was sound echos in his cage that were doing it.

Im guessing, sadly, the only way to get him to the vet would be to buy him, but you may be able to call animal welfare and see if theyll do anything? :S

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It could be a nervous tick or a neurological issue, especially if he's only doing it when he's walking around, not when he's at rest. It could be an ear problem though as well and moving around can be throwing off his balance or bothering him

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He only done the head ticcing/twitching when he walked up and down the perch, when he was still (which was only once for a few seconds), he didnít do it. So could be a couple of things, nervous tick, neurological issue, or ear problem.

I am going there on Tuesday but I HIGHLY doubt he will still be there, it has been a month.
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hmm that's really bad that they wont take him to a vet. I'd have said the same above too. One of my tiels often ticks but not like that.

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