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Parrot Fashion © Sarah Vernon - Buy from Crated

Parrot Fashion Framed Print © Sarah Vernon – Buy from Crated

I’ve been reading up about the different red-headed parrots, of which this is one, but I can’t begin to tell you which. The name on the original print from the Biodiversity Heritage Library that I have used, ‘platycercus’, seems to be a very general term, hence the confusion. I have combined it with several textures of my own.

Didn’t you always know that parrots were extremely intelligent? I give you this excerpt from Creation.com:

[…] researchers have shown what many parrot owners have known or suspected—that parrots can use individual words in appropriate situations. For example, studies by Brandeis University (USA) researcher Dr Irene Pepperberg on an African Grey parrot named “Alex” showed that these birds have an impressive intelligence—about the same as a five-year-old child. When Pepperberg’s research subjects spoke English, it was not mere “parrot fashion”. She said, “If I ask Alex … how many keys; he’ll tell me ‘two’. If I ask him what colour, he’ll say ‘green’ and if I ask him what shape, he’ll say ‘three-quarter’.” He was able to correctly identify 100 objects, do simple addition and identify seven colours, just as children do.

The article goes on to say that parrots can also behave like five-year-old children in deliberately choosing not to give the right answer even though they know it full well. Wouldn’t you just know it!

Parrot Fashion Laptop Skin © Sarah Vernon - Buy at Redbubble

Parrot Fashion Laptop Skin © Sarah Vernon – Buy from Redbubble

Available at the following galleries:
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE December 2014. You didn’t really think I wouldn’t reblog my cheerful little robin from last year, did you! There’s still time to buy your Christmas cards — if you have a sturdy, fast-moving writing hand, that is.

‘Stay, little cheerful Robin! stay,
And at my easement sing,
Though it should prove a farewell lay
And this our parting spring.

— William Wordsworth To a Redbreast—In Sickness

‘The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.’

― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

The original robin is…

Source: First Night Design | Stay, Little Cheerful Robin! | First Night Design


Whirring Pheasant Springs © Sarah Vernon

Whirring Pheasant Springs © Sarah Vernon

This gorgeous pheasant, to which I’ve added my background textures, is from The Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr. Known as a Canje pheasant (or ’stinkbird’, as I discovered), he comes from an ornithological publication of 1849 and is a tropical bird found in the Amazon and South America’s Orinoco Delta.

I’ve taken my title from Alexander Pope’s Windsor Forest:

See! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs,
And mounts exulting on triumphant wings:
Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound,
Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground.

The piece is not yet for sale as I’m running out of bandwidth again and would overstep the limit were I to upload it to all my galleries. #Frustration!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS! MAY YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY TOMORROW AND THE BEST SORT OF RECOVERY THE DAY AFTER!

TAKE CARE AND KEEP LAUGHING!

SARAH x

P.S. WITHOUT A COMPUTER AND THUS NO CHANCE OF CREATING A NEW CHRISTMAS POST, I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY SEEING MY ROBIN AGAIN.

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Stay, little cheerful Robin! © Sarah VernonStay, little cheerful Robin! Postcards © Sarah Vernon

‘Stay, little cheerful Robin! stay,
And at my easement sing,
Though it should prove a farewell lay
And this our parting spring.

— William Wordsworth To a Redbreast—In Sickness

Stay, little cheerful Robin!
Stay, little cheerful Robin! Greeting Cards

‘The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.’

― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

The original robin is “Erithacus rubecula with cocked head” by Francis C. FranklinOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Textures used are from 2 Lil’ Owls.

Available @
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Crated
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


‘Stay, little cheerful Robin! stay,
And at my easement sing,
Though it should prove a farewell lay
And this our parting spring.

— William Wordsworth To a Redbreast—In Sickness

Stay, little cheerful Robin!
Stay, little cheerful Robin! Greeting Cards

‘The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.’

― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

The original robin is “Erithacus rubecula with cocked head” by Francis C. FranklinOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Textures used are from 2 Lil’ Owls.

Available @
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Crated
Fine Art America
Fine Art England

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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