Verdigris is a four year old, green Opaline parakeet and Magellan's sister. Being a few days younger than Magellan, she didnt have as many feathers emerging when thier (mother plucker!) mother decided to try to pluck them out. So you can see on her shoulders where parts of her opaline pattern is missing, but its not as pronounced as on poor Magellan.
When I discovered they were being plucked, I asked a more experienced keeper what to do. His advice was to coat the chicks in vaseline, to make plucking them more difficult and unpleasant for the mum. Of course when I returned the chicks, she just started plucking again. To make things worse, that evening she wouldnt sit on them to keep them warm. Thats when they came inside with me, and I became thier mum.
Verdi, Magellan and I are still very good friends. Each visit to the aviary she will sit on one hand, grab my thumbnail in her beak and start 'thumb wrestling' me. She enjoys it so much, her nickname is Battle Bird! When shes had her fill, she sits on my shoulder, places her beak in my ear, and softly sings to me.
Verdi's favourite veggie is corn, and she prefers it on the cob.