Mitred Conure losing feathers
(South Pasadena, CA, USA)
I have a Mitred Conure that's almost 2 years old. Ricky is losing feathers in a quarter sized bald spot on the left side of his neck right over where his jaw and neck meet and has another small bald spot on the same side by his ear (this feather loss is a recent development, at most 2 weeks).
His cage is located next to a window in our kitchen where he gets indirect sunlight and fresh air. We also have two caged cockatiels and two ring necked turtle doves that, like him, are either caged or free roaming, but not at the same time he is out. These birds are located at least 6 feet away from his cage.
He's out of his cage for at least half a day everyday and is provided with fresh water, parrot feed, and fresh fruit. I'd like to say that's all he's getting, but other family members feed him human food along with letting him eat out of their mouths. He sometimes bites at our ears/mouths to tell us if he is hungry/thirsty while other times for unknown reasons and he rubs his head on us and surrounding objects for yet again unknown reasons.
Other than these things he is a happy, playful, and talkative. Is there is explainable reason for this feather loss or is this part of his natural molting?
Thank you for your time