Is your bird suffering from YOUR stress?
If we put that same perceptive species of animal into a human environment that is filled with tension and stress, what do you think the result will be? In captivity, our birds consider their humans to be flock members and they have the same expectations with regards to safety as they would with their feathered flock mates. When things are not okay with us, we send out signals that are the same as those sent out by wild birds about an oncoming threat. Plucking is one outlet Parrots seem to turn to.
Consider how unsettling it would be to the captive parrot whose instincts are telling them that danger may be present because of the vibes that are coming off of us. Birds don’t understand the unreasonable expectations of your job or that your boyfriend is cheating on you – all they know is a sense that something is wrong, and that perhaps they are in danger. In response, the bird screams, either issuing an alarm call to you in warning or in protest of their constant state of distress. A captive bird is not free to escape the tension. The more the bird screams, the more tense you become and it escalates from there. If you are taking your work stresses home with you or you're squabbling with a family member, consider the disruption to your parrot’s sense of security and try to tone it down. You will both be better for it.
via The Sock Buddy for Feather Plucking Parrots