cockatoo feather anatomy
by M. Taylor
We have a new cockatoo we adopted from a rescue. Although he is an over-preener, I've never seen him pluck. However, I noticed that there is a bare area under his neck and down his middle that is only exposed occasionally after he eats.. . . . this area also plumps up after he eats. Is this a natural part (division) of the feathers, or is he actually plucking without my knowledge?
I see no pores or blood droplets on the skin to indicate there were ever feathers there, so I'm very curious as to what is going on.