Hi. I wanted to ask, how do you know for sure if a bird is molting or plucking? I'm finding small feathers at the bottom of the cage, and the feathers are kind of thinned out around the neck and a bit at the front, and around the head, you can see his skin under certain angles. He's also scratching himself sometimes and preening, and i don't know how much is normal and how much could be due to skin irritation, an infection, other causes. Could it be a mite or could he be plucking? Kakarikis are not very prone to plucking so it might be a mite. His name is Zuko and he's around 9-10 months old. I may be over-reacting but I want to be sure he's ok. Whatever feathers that do fall out seem fine, they're not damaged, although most are small and it may be hard for me to tell.