Although Stargazing (Twirling) appears most frequently in finches, my own lovebird also was born with this disease.
This star-gazing lovebird hatched a "stargazer."
This condition was at its worst after hatching and as a juvenile. Over the next couple of years, the condition corrected itself. The photo above shows him markedly improved at about 1 year's old. By the time the lovebird was 2 years old, it was hardly noticeable.
The twisting of his head may have been caused by the positioning in the egg. Owner: Sibylle
"Stargazers" constantly throw their head back, sleep with their heads between their legs; go around in a circle; look at the ceiling, turn their heads around in a circle and look up.
Stargazing can strike at random and without warning or past history of problems.
Finches are particularly susceptible - although other species have been diagnosed with it.
In some birds, the condition may correct itself over time or may be corrected given certain condition ...:
... if it was caused by poor positioning inside the egg / poor egg condition (may only be a consideration if a bird was born with this condition)
... condition may be reversed is if the root cause is malnutrition and it is corrected
...resolution might be achieved through successfully treatment protocol (antibiotic treatments, etc.).
If this condition is left uncorrected, the following progression) can be expected:
Inability to fly.Loss of balance/equilibrium. Falls off the perch.Difficulty moving around in cageCan't find food or water - resulting in starvationThe end result of stargazing (if untreated or not self-corrected) is almost always death.
What Cause Stargazing / Twirling?
A definite cause has not been identified as of yet; however, the following are suspected:
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