Sunday, March 26, 2006

More photos of that old parrot

I quite often post pictures of parrots and other lovely birds that land on my doorstep, evoking "Ahhhhs" and "Aren't they pretty".....not today.

This old fellow is beautiful in another sense, it's a survivor, an old warrior.....its loss of feathers, gnarled claws and battle scars testament to a long lived, albeit a tough life in what nature has thrown up at it.

It could be an escaped pet or may have had an unfortunate accident at some stage, but looking at the photos, it just plain looks old.

A real rarity.


  • I like the gnarled, scarred survivor better than the perky parrots. I feel an affinity and a great deal of respect.

    By Blogger J Alva Scruggs, at 2:23 pm  

  • It reminds me of an article I once read about a sulphur crested that lived, from memory, in a pub somewhere in the bush. It was so old, and it's plumage was so denuded that it was taught by the patrons to scream, "One more feather and I'll fly".

    By Anonymous JtH, at 3:04 pm  

  • Looks like a pet that got beat up by a pigeon.

    By Blogger tetricus, at 4:53 pm  

  • j.a.s. that was my feeling too!

    Jth: Have you heard about the bald parrot joke? I'll do it off list as it's rather blue. An aside.....a friend of my parents had a cocky that used to hide in the dunny and cough like an old man.

    Tetricus: actually he was giving the young 'uns their come uppance. We get some native pigeons around here, which are about 50% larger than your regular "rat with wings" and they are very shy and timid. There again I'm unsure how an Aussie parrot would fare in a shake down from a tough underworld pigeon from the Bronx.

    By Blogger Johnno, at 10:21 pm  

  • Our Chicago pigeons are intimidating.. i walk on the other side of the street when i see them waddlin' by..

    By Anonymous Angry Sicilian, at 2:33 am  

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