I took this picture this morning to share with you;
Female Solomon Islands Eclectus parrot, Eclectus roratus solomonensis, April 2008.
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].
Not only did I not handfeed this bird, but this is the one bird I live with who is a “used parrot”: she spent her formative years with someone else before she came home with me. She unfortunately has a bad wing so she cannot fly as well as I wish she could, even though I leave her fully flighted (I do not clip her primaries). She is approximately 4 years old and is a delightful pet who is highly intelligent. She also talks quite well, and thus, loves to tell me what to do. Her nickname is “the Princess.”