The first bird I talk about at length always tends to be Wellington, because he's spending most time with me.
The most handsome fellow in my flock, though, as far as I'm concerned, is Colborne. Colonel Sir John Colborne, to be precise, but that name is probably longer than the bird.
Named after a 19th century British infantry officer I happened to be researching at the time I got him because of the state he was in when he arrived - he seemed unable to do anything much with his right wing, which appeared permanently stuck at a somewhat awkward angle. Turned out that was scar tissue from some injury "sticking" the wing together. Colborne surprised everyone when his first action after the vet released that wing was slipping out of the hand that held him and taking off once around the room.
He looks like my largest budgie, but he's really only incredibly fluffy. He has patches of feathers that don't stop growing, similar to those of a featherduster, but only in some coin-sized patches of bird. Its also only the down, and since Colborne is the most laid-back bird I've ever seen, we can actually give him careful "haircuts" without damaging the top feathers much, to make sure he won't get caught on things.
Which is what I just did. I forgot to take "before" pictures, but will next time!
Isn't he just the prettiest thing ever?
That dreamy look into the camera... I love it
I adore that color. He still looks a tiny bit ****-backed - there's one of his patches at the back right at the top between his wings. I probably could have taken out a bit more of the underlying fluff there, but usually I prefer doing it more often to accidentally clipping top feathers along with the down.
Okay, taking a picture of a bird on my own shoulder doesn't work well..