How to Choose a Bird Collar

Stages of Feather Destructive Behaviors

Hyacinth Macaw with Feather Destructive Behavior

We define various stages of feather destructive behavior as follows:

Picking: Over-preening and light shredding of feathers. Depending on your bird’s temperament, foul tasting topical sprays or behavior modification may be the treatment of choice.

Plucking: Plucking is when the bird pulls the entire feather out by the shaft with its beak or it's feet. Parrots with plucked or bald areas are prone to chilling.  Feather follicles may become damaged resulting in infection and production of curled or defective feathers.  This behavior may become habitual fairly quickly.  One in ten plucker's progress to self-mutilation.

Mutilation: When a parrot damages the skin and muscle tissue.  May start out with picking at a scab or injury and progress to a hole completely through the skin and sometimes into muscle tissue.  Resolution of the problem is very difficult and Cooper and Harrison (1994) report that successful treatment is when the behavior is diminished or managed.

You know that your parrot needs a bird collar but what are the advantages and disadvantages of each design? Use our simple guide to help you determine which collar best suits your bird’s needs. 


  1. Saf-T Shield Lexan Bird Collar - a stiff, clear plastic collar with a snap on fastening system and padded neck.
  2. UnRuffledRx Slip-on Style - A fleece bird collar that provides a barrier between your birds beak and it's chest, wings, back and legs.  The mild collar slips over your bird’s head.  Four (4) layers of soft fleece deter birds that simply pick at feathers and over-preen.  It is not thick enough to deter plucking and picking that has become obsessive in nature.
  3. UnRuffledRx Velcro Closure - This fleece collar provides a thicker barrier for the more determined picker and plucker.  Featuring 5-6 layers of thick fleece, the determined bird has to work to get this collar off.  With newly reinforced Velcro enclosure to deter ripping off the Velcro, 
  4. UnRuffledRx Leather for Severe Pickers- Is your bird driven to pluck or self-mutilate?  Do you need to insure that your bird doesn't rip stitches out from surgery?  This is the collar for you.  With a 1.4 to 2.0 mm thick supple vegetable tanned leather base and super-stitched Velcro fastening system, and topped off with two layers of fleece to preen (optional), thereby distracting your bird from its own body, this is the sturdiest bird e-collar on the market. 
  5. Parrot PonchoThis cowl neck parrot poncho slips over your parrots head and cinches with a Vet-tan leather tie to protect your bird's neck area, under wings and other vulnerable areas.  Available in stylish fabrics.
  6. NeckBand Tube Collar:  Use our NeckBand Tube Collar for birds that neck pick or that require restricted head movement to prevent picking of vulnerable body parts.  The Veg-tan leather insert provides a supple stiffness while the fleece cover is soft on the neck.  Adjustable Velcro closure can be  cut to size.


Fleece Bird Collar


Collar Style





Saf-T Shield

Lexan Plastic


Adjustable Snaps

Plucking, Mutilation, Post Surgery

UnRuffledRx Mild

Anti-pill Fleece

3-4 Layers

Slips Over Head

Picking, Plucking, Minor Wound Protection

UnRuffledRx Moderate

Anti-pill Fleece

4-6 Layers

Super Stitched Velcro

Plucking, Mutilation, Post Surgery

UnRuffledRx Leather

Supple Veg Tan Leather; May be

topped with 2 layers

of anti-pill fleece

Leather - 1.4 - 2.0 mm

2 Layers Fleece (optional)

Super Stitched Velcro

Plucking, Mutilation, Post Surgery


 Birdie Bandana  Parrot Poncho for Feather Pluckers








Cotton Cloth



Fashion, mild plucking, getting used to wearing apparel

Feather Protector

Lightweight anti-pill Fleece; elastic shoulder straps

2-3 Layers

Velcro along back

Picking, Plucking, Minor Chest Wound Protection

Parrot Poncho

Anti-pill Fleece; Veg-tan leather tie; Cowl Neck

3-4 Layers

Super Stitched Velcro

Plucking, Mutilation, Post Surgery; Protects the Neck