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May 31, 2018
Green cheek cunure
by: Anonymous

Hi, I got a Green Cheek Conure in February and I noticed that it is losing feathers around his chest just under the neck but no where else is this normal or should I be concerned. I am not sure if its plucking its own feathers or just molting how do I tell the difference between the two? And he keeps scratching his beak on the cage or when im holding him then he scratches his beak against me. Thank you

Editor's note: Bald spots do not appear when molting, your bird is either plucking or has an infection.

May 18, 2018
19 year old plucked out all his belly and chest feathers
by: Catherine


Our 19 year old gold cap male just spent last night apparently plucking out all of his belly and chest feathers. He has never done this. Last night he wanted me to pet him, but not hold him. I could hear him up all night and kept checking on him. Did not notice the feathers were gone until this morning. I am so worried and our vet does not open until 9 am.

Editor's note: I'm glad you had an appointment with an avian vet. I have heard of this happening due to extreme agitation/fear and also from inhaling or ingesting something toxic. Many air fresheners are very toxic and if your bird roams free it could easily get something off the floor you brought in on your shoes.

Aug 17, 2017
Sun conure
by: Anonymous

I noticed our sun conure has white on his chest or I guess it's bare.he has been plucking his feathers.

Jan 08, 2015
Sun Conure chest feather loss
by: Wendy

My sun conure is well adjusted, my husband and I are home all day and Snoopy is not caged, he hangs out with us and with his best friend, a lovebird named Boo. Snoopy's chest feathers fall out without plucking. They start to grow back but then immature feathers fall out again. He has a small bare spot now where the feathers never grow back, but the rest of his chest just keeps shedding. There is usually a white down coat but not always. Why? Vet says he's otherwise healthy, has no explanation. His diet is varied, including fresh vegetables, seeds, nuts, berries, fruit and pellets. He is a happy and active 7 year old. We have 2 parakeets, 2 cockatiels and a love bird in addition to Snoopy, and none of them have this problem. It doesn't seem to bother him, but it's sad. We live in Florida, so temperatures are ideal.

Sep 27, 2010
Conure loosing feathers
by: Ed

Our 15 year old conure started loosing feathers 8 months ago. The Vet said it was probably a tumor or hormone problem. She does not pull the feathers, they just fall out. How warm should I keep our house to make her comfortable?

Apr 18, 2009
Bird losing feathers
by: Ann

They have stuff to read here on this site. Take your bird to a vet first to see if anything is wrong.

Bird Plucking help

Feather Plucking help

Apr 17, 2009
Plucking belly feathers...
by: Anonymous

I own a green cheeked conure and in one day noticed that all his belly feathers were missing. I asked the woman that sold me the bird and she told me that usually when they reach about 3 to 4 years old, they may pluck the belly feathters to prepare for nesting and usually happens in beginning of spring.I'm pretty sure I have a male so the plucking concerned me. I was told that the males also take part in nesting and not unusual that they will pluck too.

I was also informed that if they are very aggresive when it comes to you reaching into their cage, best chance is that they are in the mode to breed and not to pay attention to the "bad" behavoir. Currently I have to put a perch into the cage to get him out and once he is out of the cage he is as lovable as ever!

Aug 20, 2008
by: Anonymous

Your bird could just be bored so you should buy it somemore toys like shredders. Ive heard that when birds are bored they rip out feathers hope I helped.

Apr 22, 2008
feather issues
by: Marcia


I don't have GCC but I do have many other parrots.
What I find to be helpful for feather issues is Aloe Vera Distilled Liquid sprayed on them.I have some that have issues from plucking,barbering,or over preening.I know many others that also use it and it helps to soothe the skin.I buy George's Aloe Vera by the gallon at the nature food store.I
have a large flock.But they do sell it in smaller bottles.I hope this helps you.

Apr 22, 2008
GC feather loss
by: Tracie

Hi Shirley,

I have two Green Cheeks. One of my Green Cheeks is very sensitive. For a couple of years, she has had a problem chewing her feathers and also her cage mate's feathers.

I am home all day, just a few feet from the cage. They get out and get held every day. They eat a mostly organic diet, 80% organic pellets and the rest mostly organic fresh food and treats.

We finally narrowed it down to an emotional problem, maybe even the desire to breed. I tried several kinds of toys and finally hit upon the solution for her.

I put several shreddable toys in the cage. The kind that are made with straw that she can pull and preen. Her cage mate loves to destroy them in an aggressive way, so both of them get a lot of use out of the toys.

This is the first time in two years that neither of them have chewed feathers on them. The only change made has been the addition of toys that she can preen and chew.

I am not saying that this is the solution for your bird. It might require a vet visit. I am just sharing our solution.

We have a section in our shopping cart area on feather destruction that has some great products and toys for birds with these needs.

We also have a few articles on feather destruction and plucking on our Parrot Training page.

Apr 21, 2008
losing feathers in Tennessee
by: shirley

MY green cheek conure that has lost his belly feathers is about seven years old. Seems to be healthy.eats well,wants to be the center of attention. He has been losing these feathers a few months now. He hasn't noticably lost any feathers anywhere else except on his belly or chest. I have had him since he was about six months old. Thought there must be someone out there with same problem.

Apr 20, 2008
losing feathers
by: Marcia


I am not a vet.But how old is your GCC?Is it possible he's molting,plucking?Birds don't always show signs of being ill.If you are in doubt you should take him to an avian vet for an evaluation.
It's obvious you love him now the rest is up to you.

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