Blue-Faced Parrot Finch Losing Feathers

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Brisbane_Finches_333
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22 May 2019, 10:53

Hi,

I have a bit of a dilemma with my female Blue-Faced Parrot Finch. She has been rapidly losing feathers on her head and tail, and now has a bald head and only one distinctive tail feather. This has not happened to any of the other birds in this aviary. She previously lost feathers like this a few months back, but regenerated them quickly. What is going on and should I be worried and contact an avian vet?

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22 May 2019, 11:38

Is the cock showing her a great deal of attention?
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22 May 2019, 12:11

it's either mites or someone pulling them out.

maybe treat all the birds with ivermectin and monitor the other birds to make sure they are pulling her feathers out.
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22 May 2019, 17:35

It is the over amorous cock bird. Blue face mate by hanging onto the neck feathers of the hen while copulating. The tail feathers could be a result of this also but also it could be moulting. Craig
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22 May 2019, 19:17

The cock and hen do eat and sit together, but the cock is not showing a great deal of attention. I have not seen any other birds or herself picking at her feathers either.
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22 May 2019, 20:11

All i can say is it's a very common trait with blue face cock birds,they are rapists and rarely do this if they know you are watching.
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22 May 2019, 20:36

You should always try to have an extra hen or two in the aviary with BFPF's if possible. This will allow the cock to chase and mate with a few, rather than paying too much attention to one poor mate. Good luck.

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