Parrot Feather Condition

by Worried Parent
(Miami, Fl)

I recently was given a 4 year old parrot who is a chronic plucker on her stomach only. Her stomach only has her white undercoat which she doesn't mess with luckily.

While i don't mind this appearance wise, i want to rule out any other possible causes besides behavioral.

I have switched her to a high quality diet, am regularly misting and bathing her, drastically reduced her environmental stress with a new quiet location and birdie rommmate which doesn't attack her constantly. They basically just ignore eachother's pressence lol

Her feathers are also darker than those of other birds of her type and some of them have what i can only describe as oil spots (i do not handle her a lot since she has only been with me a month and wanted to make her a smooth transition since she is not tame)

I don't see mites or anything on her and she eats, drinks, and potty's just like normal.

She has new feather growth on her lower abdomen already that looks normal and she isn't messing with thankfully.

I'm hoping this was just a bad molt since she wasn't getting the best of diet or care prior to me getting her and that this will go away soon.

I am trying to find examples of what a parrots feathers look like with common health problems but havent found much, and nothing that looks like what i am seeing. basically her feathers should all be a vibrant grass green and some of them have dark grey splotches on them and the ends aren't neat looking.

any links to photos, or ideas would be great.

thanks a lot :)

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Apr 13, 2010
Parrot feathers with spots
by: Tracie

First, we don't know what kind of bird you have to post any links to what your bird should look like. It would be helpful for you to post a picture of your bird, if you do not know what species you have.

The very best thing for you to do is to take your bird to an avian vet. Dr B can not help, because he can not examine your bird and run any tests.

Dr B would like you to read his Feather Damaging Behavior article for information on this problem.

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