| eather picking is a confusing behavior. The hallmark of this self-destructive condition is loss of feathers on the body and neck with normal feathers on the head.
Feather picking is rare in wild birds since they depend on their feathers to maintain their body temperature and to fly away from danger, and their day to day lives are rarely, if ever, fraught with boredom. Behavior problems are the most common causes of feather picking, but disease conditions, environmental toxicities, genetic factors, and even improper wing trimming can contribute to feather loss.
Behavioral causes include boredom, frustration, breeding behavior, stress, attention getting, and lack of sleep.