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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Rose-ringed Parakeet loss of feathers

I was somewhat surprised to see this rather sorry looking Parakeet in the garden in the last couple of days. In all the time I've watched them in, and around, the garden (about 15 years +) I've never seen this before.

It could be some sort of disease as I'm sure it can't be moulting - not to this extent of feather loss.

If anyone has any ideas as to what is happening, I'd be pleased to have your views.

9 comments:

Liz said...

It may be plucking itself due to being unhappy/depressed/low in heirachy...
Parrots are known for feather plucking if they're unhappy or don't have partners, perhaps it's that??
Otherwise it may be some sort of parasite...

holdingmoments said...

No idea what's causing that. He looks well and truly plucked!

(I had to check that.....twice!) lol

Tricia said...

Liz - you may well be right. I've heard that distressed birds do this.

Keith - very odd isn't it!! and yes - glad you checked LOL LOL

Graham James said...

Hi Tricia,
I used to keep and breed budgerigars and I remember that there are two main causes of feather loss in the parrot family. One is, as has already been stated, stress and boredom but this usually only applies to captive birds kept in poor conditions.
The other cause is a severe infestation of feather mites that cause intense irritation resulting in feather plucking.

Warren Baker said...

Could be a combination of feather moult, plus feather loss through continued going in and out of a nest hole - blue and great tits look the same at this time of year ?

The Early Birder said...

Not a particularly happy parrot! I think the question has already been answered Tricia.

Gaina said...

When I first saw that I thought it was a sign of stress too. The feathers on it's back however look impossible for it to reach so I wonder if it's a combination of being picked on or over groomed by other birds making it stressed hence it's plucking it's own feathers where it can reach them?

If it's a parasite I wonder if there's something you could get from a vet or local 'parrot person' to put in some food (without affecting other birds) to see if it improves ?

Tricia said...

Hi Graham (good to see you here) I hope it's not an investation and if it is, that it's not going to spread.

Warren, You could well have a point there.

Frank - yes seems so. But the lack of feathers on the back of its head seem to suggest it's not plucking out its own feathers.

Gaina - it's a wild bird and I've not seen it since. It's a nice idea you have but I get so many birds eating from the feeders of all different types.

karen said...

Aaaw, the poor Parrot!!! What a shame xxxx

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