Recovering from a grief-filled tragedy is tough for anyone, even this naked cockatoo. DuCorps parrot King O ripped all his feathers out after his first owner died. He now lives at Best Friends Parrot Garden, and loves to sing. Formerly known as Ophelia, King O only knew his one loving home, even if his owner didn’t know he was a boy. Like many birds who lose their homes, King O has been living at Best Friends for a few years now, still hoping that someone will fall in love with his singing nakedness.
When a bird starts plucking out feathers, it becomes an addiction which is difficult to stop. Even though King O seems happy in the video below, he now has that one bad habit, like a kid who chews down fingernails or a young guy who starts smoking. If you have a bird that has a plucking problem, it may not be anything but a bad habit. Don’t confuse plucking with self-mutilation, which is a much more serious illness.
Here is a message from a fan: I had the privilege of visiting King O at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, this past spring. Best Friends is an amazing place and does incredible work for birds like King O and others. Please visit their website at bestfriends.org.