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Caique nibbles his shoulder

Hi, Our caique sometimes nibbles his right shoulder whilst he is playing. As he does this, he makes a squabbling noise. We are wondering if this is just because he is a bit over-excited or whether there is another underlying cause such as a pain in his shoulder which is aggravating him. We have had him since he was about 2 or 3 years old and he is now about 10 years old. He has always done this squabbling-shoulder-nibbling behaviour on odd occasions. Any ideas, please?
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Check under the feathering on the birds shoulder and see if there is a cyst or ingrown feather there. If you see a problem I'd take the bird into the avian's for a check up.

Do you live in a cold area? Is the heat on in your home now to keep you all warmer? Do you notice the chewing and nibbling happen more in the fall or this time of the year? or is it all the time?

Sometimes our heat sources can dry out feathers and skin on our birds and make them dig or chew on a feathered area that's itchy under the feathers.
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Thank you for all your helpful suggestions, Mr Peepers.
We have checked under the feathers on his right shoulder several times and it looks exactly the same as his left shoulder. There are no obvious signs of cyst, ingrown feather or damaged skin.
We live in the UK and do have our central heating on at this time of year, but our parrot displays this behaviour at any time of the year, so it does not seem to be temperature or humidity/dryness related.
Our adorable caique grooms and looks after himself very well and has never pulled out his feathers. His nibbling, with squabbling noises, only takes place whilst he is actively playing and seems to be over-excited. He never does it whilst he is sat still eating, watching the world go by, or dozing.
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Thank you for all your helpful suggestions, Mr Peepers.
We have checked under the feathers on his right shoulder several times and it looks exactly the same as his left shoulder. There are no obvious signs of cyst, ingrown feather or damaged skin.
We live in the UK and do have our central heating on at this time of year, but our parrot displays this behaviour at any time of the year, so it does not seem to be temperature or humidity/dryness related.
Our adorable caique grooms and looks after himself very well and has never pulled out his feathers. His nibbling, with squabbling noises, only takes place whilst he is actively playing and seems to be over-excited. He never does it whilst he is sat still eating, watching the world go by, or dozing.
So it seems like its a little quirk of his to nibble on this shoulder which isn't surprising as all birds have some odd little thing they do from time to time.

I'm happy to hear its not a feather problem or skin issue with too much heat. You seem to have covered all the issues and know what can cause a problem in the birds environment so it all up to an odd quirk.





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