Missing tail feathers?

by Emily
(United States)

Conure tail feathers gone - side view

Conure tail feathers gone - side view

Conure tail feathers gone - side view
Conure missing tail feathers - back view

Hi, my 8 month old conure, Bonnie, is suddenly missing her tail feathers. I'm not sure if she's prining out of boredom or what but i'm highly concerned! She seems to be OK but i'm not sure. Please help!!!

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Apr 25, 2012
Bird lost tail feathers
by: Tracie

I would not take the bird to the breeder, but call the breeder to see what avian vet they use. If they don't use an avian vet, you know NOT to go to that person - ever. Keep calling until you find a reputable breeder that takes care of their birds.

Your bird may have lost it's tail feathers if something scared it, and it thought it was going to be grabbed or stepped on. Our bird lost it's tail feathers once that way. Bird's sometimes release their tail feathers to keep from getting caught.

Linda mentioned a healthy diet. Please read the health articles on our Parrot Training page for more information on switching to pellets, toxic items to avoid and even some training articles are there.

Apr 25, 2012
by: Emily

Thanks so much, I will run this by my mom...unfortunately, the avian vet i found from the link you gave me is almost 4 hours away from my house and i know my parents wont drive all the way out there for that.. but there is a woman who breeds birds and such, should we go to her?

Apr 25, 2012
Missing tail feathers?
by: Linda

If this is a normal molt, the tail feathers will come back in. If someone or something is pulling them out, they will eventually not ever come back in.

We recommend at least yearly examins by an Avian Vet ONLY to make sure birds are healthy. Birds hide their illnesses many of which will cause general poor health and poor feathering.

Diet plays a very large role in feather quality and production. Parrots need to be eating high quality diet of organic pellets for 80-85% of diet. No people foods and no junk foods which have high amounts of sugar, fat and salt all of which kills birds.

So, take your bird to Avian Vet, get him onto a healthy diet and keep him away from other birds or pets that can hurt him. If you need further information about organic pellets and how to change birds from seeds to pellets, write back in because dietary changes are stressful and have to be done over time and not all at once. Your bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet before any dietary changes can be made.

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