My eclectus female has begun biting her wing feathers

by Carol
(Creedmoor, NC, USA)

My eclectus female has begun biting the ends of her wing feathers. She is not plucking them out, she is pulling at them. Hard enough that she looks like she is going to flip herself over. This morning, she bit the tip off of one. They are the feathers that would be cut to limit flight so it is no huge loss, but I don't want it to continue or worsen. What might be the cause and what can I try to stop it? Thanks.

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Dec 28, 2010
find the cause
by: Anonymous

You need to find the cause & try & stop the chewing. Chewing leads to plucking.

Not allowed to add links here to help you..... so GOOGLE Eclectus Parrots. There is a wealth of info out there on them. There are eclectus specific sites that have the experience & knowledge of them. These sites deal with only eclectus parrots.

To get back to plucking, the most common causes for an eclectus to pluck is sexual maturity & frustration, incorrect diet or allergy to a specific food, sudden change in something like moving, renovating etc, Juvenile eclectus tend to 'over preen' when they're learning to preen & take care of their feathers. this can sometimes lead to chewing & plucking. There are numerous other reasons the eclectus can pluck as well & it can be really hard to know how to stop it without knowing the cause.

Dec 27, 2010
Eclectus chewing feathers
by: Tracie

Dr B suggests that you read the article at the link below and also that you take your bird to an avian vet for a check up. Birds should see an avian vet once a year anyway, so this might be a good time for an exam and vaccine too.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

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