There are a number of reasons a cockatiel may look as though he is battling to breath.
The weather could play a part. If you cockatiel is in a room that is too warm he may look as though he is ‘short breathing’ and if you leave him in the sun, this could prove deadly.
If you cockatiel gets a fright, he may also show breathing difficulties.
Other reasons could be related to respiratory infections, toxic exposure like kitchen fumes or teflon poisoning. An unfit and overweight cockatiel can also display signs of heavy breathing.
If your bird is really battling to breathe, there could also be an obstruction in his chest, like a tumour.
The most common causes of breathing difficulties in cockatiels are cause by respiratory infections, and you will need to take your bird to an Avian Vet as soon as possible. Symptoms include a runny nose and sneezing.
Here are some products that may also help you with your sick bird.