Dear Group,I have a pair of Eclectus parrots. They were moved to an out door aviary a year ago. At that time both male and female looked the same with smooth and dense feathers covering their bodies. (no skin visible) For the last two months the boy bird has had a strange appearance about the feathers on his head and neck area. He seems to be in good health and quite active but these feathers look as if they were thinning out (not missing). There is a full coving of the feathers but they are quite thin and it is quite easy to see his skin on his head and neck.

It is as if the plumage is not extending out from the quill and they look like thick hairs instead of feathers. The feathers covering the rest of the bird's body are very thick and healthy. The hen eats the same food and spends much time in a nesting box. She has a great covering of feathers on all parts of her body. I can't figure out if this is a health problem or if it is something being caused by some habit of this bird. I don't see him rubbing on any thing but he could be when I am not around, I suppose.

I would think any nourishment deficiencies or diseases would show up on the whole covering of the bird, not to mention the hen looks great. Dose anyone have any ideas? I do have digital photos of this bird and can be emailed at brujan1@ (NOSPAM)cox.net
Thank you,
Bruce Buchanan
Dear Group, I have a pair of Eclectus parrots. They were moved to an out door aviary a year ago. ... ideas? I do have digital photos of this bird and can be emailed at brujan1@ (NOSPAM)cox.net Thank you, Bruce Buchanan

Since he can't groom his head and neck feathers himself, he's likely not the culprit in what sounds like an over-grooming situation. Hmm, who does that leave?
If you believe I'm wrong, a vet visit is in order.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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The thinning or picking of feathers is sometimes the way a bird tells you there is something wrong with it specifically the area of the thinning or picking. A vet could give it an entire group of tests specifically for thinning or picking of feather that unfortunatly costs $600. Maybe the the vet can pick up the problem easily. I would simply take him to a vet.