Ask Lafeber


January 14, 2023

bald spot

My Cockatiel is around 7 month old and have bald spots under its beak and neck but couldn’t really tell because its feathers coving it but as I was petting it and I have notice it. Is my Cockatiel depressed? and is it normal for them to groom themselves too much? What can I do to make this better for it?



This is actually normal, and something most bird owner never notice until their bird gets wet. Their feathers do not actually cover every inch of the body. Feathers grow in tracts, and then overlap, giving the appearance of full coverage. If you Google feather tracts, you can see how this works. Your bird sounds completely normal!

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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