One of the common vices that pet birds engage in is feather picking and plucking. Many species of birds are affected and there are a variety of reasons for this undesirable behavior. But the most common reason is a mental condition rather than a physical one.
Here are some suggestions in dealing with the problem which are forwarded by behaviorists who have studied the behavior extensively—
Before trying to establish that feather plucking is associated with a behavioral or environmental problem, it is a good idea to make sure that your feathered friend is not suffering from an underlying medical problem. Your vet may conduct blood tests and parasite screenings in addition to subjecting your pet bird to a thorough physical exam. But if your pet is given a clean bill of health by the vet, you can start addressing the bird’s undesirable behavior from a psychological viewpoint.