I visited the local parrot rescue this week (AZ Exotic Bird Rescue). I always have such mixed feelings for the birds. I know that many are much better off than before coming to the rescue, but I feel sad for the birds, especially the large macaws, locked in cages. They all have clean water, clean toys, food and vet care, but what they really need is a home with time out of the cage, or in the case of some of the more wild birds, an aviary. The last couple times that I have been to the rescue, I have really been taken by the amazons. The 50 yr. old amazon was still there (reportedly an ex-breeder). The poor guy spends a lot of time laying on his stomach on a shelf. He is missing the tips of a couple toes but his feet otherwise look normal. I cant help but think he must have arthritis. Seeing him lay on his belly breaks my heart. It is all I can do not to bring him home. He does stand up and maneuver to the food and water bowl, and he did stand on one leg while consuming a nut (that he gently took from me) with his other foot. I suspect that he is overweight, and some weight loss might help his mobility. Then there was Buddy. This boy just stole my heart! He is a 21 yoa amazon in full beautiful feather. He immediately came up to the side of the cage and put his head down for me to scratch. He showed off for me, talked up a storm and clearly was very interested in interacting. His cage was in a darker part of the room and the rescue kindly moved it near the window at my request. When I re-visited him again a few minutes later in his new location, he was already repeating what I had said! "Look at you!" He then let me rub his feet while clinging to the cage bars next to me. I am beginning to see the allure of an amazon! I am ashamed to say that I dont remember what type of amazon he was, I think a yellow head or double yellow headed amazon. The other sweeties included an amazon whose eye is grossly protruding out (has seen a vet), the amazon with the malformed broken wing sticking out at an odd angle (has also seen a vet), and the naked sun conures desperately trying to cuddle with their lifeless toys. I wish I could take them all home. If you are in Phoenix and thinking about an amazon or other bird, I highly recommend checking these birdies out.