My bird is molting only on neck?

SafamirzašŸ¤

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Hello, I have a male cockatiel named Kiko who is turning 2 in November.

Kiko started losing feathers just on the front part of his neck. I thought heā€™s plucking his feathers but now I can see a lot of tiny pin feathers there. Why is he molting only there? Is this normal? Also, he is experiencing discomfort because everytime he preens his opened feathers get ā€œtangledā€ with the pins.

what should I do?
 

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Itā€™s not normal for parrots to molt from just one location.
Something else must be going on.
plucking can be due to physical reasons as well as stress or boredom.
I think itā€™s worth having him se a vet.
 
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Itā€™s not normal for parrots to molt from just one location.
Something else must be going on.
plucking can be due to physical reasons as well as stress or boredom.
I think itā€™s worth having him se a vet.
Is it still abnormal if the molting is not caused by plucking? If so, what could potentially be the case? I donā€™t think Kiko plucks his feathers because he is with someone all the time, everyday and we never noticed this behaviour.

I will consult with a vet after the weekend.
 

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Is it still abnormal if the molting is not caused by plucking? If so, what could potentially be the case? I donā€™t think Kiko plucks his feathers because he is with someone all the time, everyday and we never noticed this behaviour.

I will consult with a vet after the weekend.
I think that only an avian can properly diagnose and treat things like this and other medical problems our birds have. We try to offer advice but if you are fortunate enough to have access to an avian vet (some people don't) you should rely on them. Never wait until a problem starts looking really serious to call them and make an appointment.
 

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