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  • Charli, my African brown-headed parrot, was born with all green feathers, except for her head and the brilliant yellow under her wings. She was a perfect specimen of her species. I've had her since she was a few months old; she's over 12 now.

    This was a perfect pure yellow tail feather she grew a couple of years ago. Once she noticed it, she immediately glared at it, yanked it out, and tossed it across the table. (She's always been very particular about her appearance.)

    Now there are small scattered bits of yellow feathers around her tail and rump, kinda like human gray hairs, but no pure full-length yellow feather has ever dared appear again.
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