middle-age, orange-winged Amazon beginning to look scruffy
by Tom Benfey
we found her 20 odd years ago in an apple tree. According to her ring, she was wild-caught (so probably already 15+ years old then?). She has the flight of the house and only sleeps in her cage at night. As long as we've had her, she's had a diet of sunflower seeds, grapes, apples, clementines, romaine lettuce, cheese, crackers (won't touch any other seeds but wants to eat what the rest of the family has on the table -- including Guinness and gin & tonic).
Has molted naturally all these years but during the last year her "underwear" is showing more and more through her wings on the back. (Note, she's not feather plucking.)