Feather plucking in parrots

Monday, October 14, 2019
Veterinary Practice

An article in the Scottish Daily Record (2019) brought to light the damage that parrots can do to their feathers if they are anxious, stressed or unhappy. In this news story, two zoo-housed macaws with severely damaged feathers and bare skin had been brought together in a new home to try to provide them with new opportunities for positive behaviours – in the hopes of the birds forming a pair bond and rearing a chick. Such “damaged” birds are unfortunately not that uncommon in public and private collections. Feather-plucking behaviour (Figure 1) has a complex aetiology but with compassion and care, expert veterinary advice and sound husbandry knowledge, birds can gradually recover and feathers can grow back.

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