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Causes of Feather Plucking in Parrots
Infectious - bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic
Allergic - food, cooking fumes, tobacco smoke, skin irritations
Endocrine - hypothyroid (decreased levels of thyroid hormones), hyperadrenocorticism (increased levels of adrenal hormones), testosterone responsive baldness,
Human Induced Hormonal Behavior
Toxic &/or drug related - arsenic, cigarette smoke, nicotine on human hands, praziquantel, fenbendazole
Parasites - i.e. Giardia
Neoplastic - cancers, lipoma
Environmental - lack of bird lights, small cage, overcrowding, dominance, lack of bathing opportunities, Dry Skin
Behavioral - boredom, frustration, breeding behavior, stress, attention-getting, anxiety, lack of sleep.
Trauma - broken blood feather or improper wing trim
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