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Feather Loss

Feather loss can be attributed to spontaneous (without plucking), self-induced (plucking) and medical reasons.

Spontaneous and Self-induced loss

Feather moulting is a normal occurrence in your pet. If there are new feathers seen and no visible bare patches or exposed down feathers, the loss is normal. Feather loss can be caused by a cagemate, often noted on the back of the head as a result of over-preening. Try separating the two birds and allow the feathers to regrow back.


Feather loss caused by medical conditions may be attributed to one of the following. Make sure you always consult your vet to determine the reason for feather loss in your pet bird.

  • Parasites
  • Dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Metabolic disease – such as kidney disease and liver conditions
  • Allergies
  • Zinc toxicity
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor wing clips