This is Mango, the main character of this blog. He's an Eclectus parrot, and is roughly 15 years old. He came to us through the www.parrothelp.com bird rescue program in the Twin Cities area. He's an extremely friendly and calm fellow and has an extensive vocabulary that he's only begun to share with us. He is standing on his original cage, filled with toys that he had at his previous home, which all help make his transition to a new house more comfortable.
As you can see in the photo, he is quite enamored with removing his own feathers. Feather plucking is not an uncommon behavior with captive parrots. There doesn't seem to be any sort of general consensus of what causes it, each occurrence is its own special case. His previous owner was very good to him, and he continued to pull anyway. We're hoping we can make some progress with his plumage, but he easily makes up for his avian baldness with his great personality.