14 Scientific Papers For Bird And Parrot Care

14 Scientific Papers For Bird And Parrot Care

Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing

If you want richer, robust, and more granular content than Facebook bird groups and Google searches for information about pet bird care, it’s best to navigate towards expert sources (which is why you’re here 😉


We spend a lot of time fact-finding and this list (below) is just one of our sources.


All papers were written by veterinarians, ornithologists, zoologists, and other accredited professionals.

An excerpt from Feather Picking and Self Mutilation in Birds 

Improper wing clipping. This is a huge problem. The feather should be cut between the upper and lower coverts so the clipped feather is hidden between them and not seen. 

Typical pet-shop clips are done straight across; the wing is pulled open and the feathers clipped so that the cut feather shafts protrude. This results in sharp edges which irritate the bird’s sides. 

bird feather diagram

(image added by Windy City Parrot)

If it is done correctly, only the first few primaries are cut, allowing the bird to flutter to the floor; but if they are cut straight across, the bird will crash since the secondaries give it lift. 

With a poor cut, the bird will pull its wings into its body and the sharp edges of the cut feathers, which are not protected by the coverlet feathers, will poke the bird in his side. 

They irritate the bird, and he starts picking at them and his side. He ends up with primary feather shafts that are frayed and going in all directions.

  1. Review of Documented Beak and Feather Disease Virus Cases in Wild Cape Parrots in South Africa During the last 20 Years
  2. Molecular Diagnosis of Beak and Feather Disease in Native Brazilian Psittacines
  3. Feather Picking And Self-mutilation In Birds
  4. Disease Conditions and Clinical Signs of Pet Birds
  5. Avian Polyomavirus infections in Amazon Parrots
  6. Avian Medicine
  7. The welfare and suitability of parrots as companion animals: a review
  8. Reovirus Infections Associated with High Prevalence of Psittacine Beak and Feather
  9. Plumage Disorders in Psittacine Birds
  10. Physical examination
  11. Isolation and Characterization of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Virus in Saudi Arabia Using Molecular Technique
  12. Health Assessment of the Ex Situ Population of St VincenParrots (Amazona guildingii) in St Vincent and the Grenadineshniquet
  13. A Survey For Selected Viral, Chlamydial, And Parasitic Diseases In Wild Dusky-headed Parakeets (Aratinga Weddelli!) And Tui Parakeets
    (Brotogeris Sanctithomae) In Peru
  14. Feather Picking and Self-mutilation in Psittacine Birds

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