Cockatoo Malting

by Ghoruob

Cockatoo feather loss

Cockatoo feather loss

Hi i have had my cockatoo for over 6 years now, every winter he sheds his feathers on his chest, it usually takes a few months for them to re appear, i have enclosed a picture, is this normal ?

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Sep 18, 2009
Cockatoo with bare spots on chest
by: The Vet

This is not normal. Your bird is puling out his own feathers. You need to have your bird looked at by an avian veterinarian to determine the cause. It is often hormone related if it is a seasonal problem (as you have described). Please read the Feather Damaging Behavior article on the Parrot Training Page.

Dr B

Sep 17, 2009
by: Linda

A normal molt is an all over one, and they do it twice a year, at end of summer before winter and at end of winter into Spring. It does take a while for all the feathers to be dropped and new ones come in. As for just losing those on his chest and at winter, I have no clue.

If you have an Avian Vet in your area, please take him in for a checkup to rule out infection including viral infections and then ask the vet about this. It is not normal to just shed in one place and not everywhere, and by end of summer or beginning of Fall, most birds have a whole new set of feathers. Molts do take time though, and time is different for different birds.

I'd take him on in and have this checked out as there is a likelihood of something else going on here. Hopefully his diet is a high quality organic pellet like Harrison's. All seed diets are not nutritional and bird's feathers, skin and overall health and well being will suffer.

Thanks for writing,

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