I'm a little worried . . . my healthy african grey just lost a large clump of neck feathers all at once. It happened so fast! I was opening the door of the cage and someone in the kitchen dropped a pan. The bird panicked and jumped and hit her neck on the edge of the food dish and dropped to the floor. The feathers floated down in a clump of about 10. Then I picked her up and 9 more feathers were hanging in a clump on her neck and I touched it and they fell off. Most were the main feathers, but a few downy feathers were mixed in. She calmed down and took a seed treat right away. I toweled her and examined her neck and no broken skin or blood or scrapes. She was more upset by the examination than by the dropped pan. She's acting just fine, eating and even whistled at me.
My grey does not pluck feathers.
I'm wondering what happened?? I know with wild birds, sometimes they will drop tail feathers as a defense if being hunted by a predator. I have never heard of losing neck feathers like this.
Can anyone help me know what happened??
grey just lost a clump of neck feathers
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