If your parrot is losing feathers, you should be concerned. Losing feathers could be a sign of behavior problems or a serious medical illness. Try to determine the reason your parrot is losing his or her feathers. Molting is generally normal for a parrot. As long as you see new feathers growing and there are no bald spots on your bird, there is usually no reason to worry. Your parrot may pick out some feathers; this could be normal preening which is fine as long as your bird is generally in good health.
Feather-plucking may indicate the bird feels ignored, sad, and bored. On the other hand, feather-plucking may be due to a feather disease, an itchy skin disease or another physical problem.
One of the main reasons a bird begins to pluck their feathers is malnutrition. Many birds, especially parrots, are fed a diet consisting of mainly seeds. This diet lacks many of the essential nutrients such as vitamins that birds need to stay healthy. The bird’s skin eventually becomes dry, flaky, and irritated. The birds then try to relieve the itching by grooming their feathers, but this often leads to over-grooming and eventually feather plucking. They should be on fed a proper diet for parrots.
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