Why Does My Bird Molt?

If you are new to birds or if you have had birds for a long time, one has to wonder why does my bird molt (lose its feathers every couple of months and new ones grow in).  Every bird or parrot molts….it is just a question of when.  Depending upon the species, hormones and the age of the bird, all molts are different.

Below is a link (PDF file) for an interesting article I found written by Dr. Susan L. Clubb for Pet Age Magazine entitled “Molting 101”  Also this article explains some of the different types of feathers a parrot has.  My Amazon “Kiwi” has eyelashes which are called Bristles.  Amazons are known to have Bristles.

Why Does my Bird Molt? (PDF File)


  1. tanisha on October 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    i have a parrakeet, i had my parrakeet for 7 months, my bird molt every day or every other day, is there anything i can do to get him to stop molting

    • funtimebirdy on October 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Do you have full spectrum lighting for your parakeet? If you do, how many hours do you have the light on? Parakeets only need approximately 2 hours or so of full spectrum light a day.

      If the lighting is not the cause, I would bring your baby to the vet just to make sure there is no other problems. I take all my birds to the vet at least once a year for a annual checkup even my parakeet gets a vet visit once a year.


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