African Grey: Feather Plucking? Molting? or Both?

by Dennis Neymit

Picture of Area Where Plucking/Molting is

Picture of Area Where Plucking/Molting is

Hello, first of all I would like to thank you for reading this post. I have an African Grey Parrot who turned one year old two-three months ago. I did some research and found out that most African Grey Parrots go through there first molt at around one year old which may contribute to feather plucking. Lately, I have noticed that my parrot has begun to lose a lot of feathers in the middle of her back, neck, and belly. The picture shows what I am talking about (the back is not as bad, but there are visible spots in the middle of the back that look similar). So based on the fact that the parrot should be going through her first molt, is the picture that I took showing molting, plucking, or both? If it is molting and plucking, what should I do?

Thank You

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Mar 12, 2012
african greys tail
by: Anonymous

my sisters african grey dosnt seem to be molting but we noticed all his tail feathers on the left side are gone and we noticed the end of the feather that looks like plastic is still present but also look like they have been cut leaving a tube look, and we havnt seen any of the feathers that are not present. is he molting or is he pulling them out hiself?

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Apr 05, 2010
African grey feather problem
by: Tracie

When a bird molts, you can not see bare spots and missing feathers. They fall out as others are coming in. Your bird needs to be seen by an avian vet soon, to rule out internal issues and to discuss possible reasons for this problem.

Please read our Feather Damaging Behavior article for more information on parrot feather issues.

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