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Featured in Beautiful Blends 4 July 2013. / Featured in Layered Up 2 July 2013. / Background from EKDuncan-My Fanciful Muse, plums from Vintage Art Download and parrot from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754, and found on Public Domain Review. / Blog / Facebook / Twitter • Also buy this artwork on stationery, apparel, stickers, and more.

Source: “Parrot with Plums” Spiral Notebooks by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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Parrot in a Gilded Cage Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100) by FirstNightDesign

When I posted The Merry Widow image the other week, BeetleyPete assumed (it was a compliment) that I had coloured the central image. In fact, I hadn’t, and the colours were on the original Play Pictorial Cover. However, Parrot in a Gilded Cage is a different matter. The illustration is a black & white sketch from one of my vintage Children’s Encyclopaedia and I coloured it. So there you go, Pete!

Parrot Quote Greeting Card
Parrot Quote Greeting Card by FirstNightDesign

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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

[…] 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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Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

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Parrot with Plums Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100)
Parrot with Plums Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100)

“Nature does not seek to perpetuate the human species but to secure the biodiversity of the species.” Theophrastu

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Parrot with Plums © Sarah Vernon

Parrot with Plums © Sarah Vernon

Yes, I’m on a roll with the ol’ framed images at Redbubble so here’s an artwork I created a couple of years ago, Parrot with Plums.

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers

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