Archive for January, 2011

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VIDEO: Parrot Who Does Math

January 9, 2011

This is amazing. Watch this African Grey solve math equations. (I was going to say “simple math equations”, but when you think that the bird needs to be able to add, subtract, recognize numerals, and know the number of dots on the side of the die… well, that just blows my mind.)

You thought YOUR bird was smart?

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Parrot Paintings: Pionus and Sun Conure

January 4, 2011

There are a lot of artists on the bird forums I visit and last summer I commissioned one of them, Frank van Boxtel, to do paintings of Stewie and Mika. I picked a couple of photos that I liked, including the one that I used to create the banner on top of this site, and sent them to him to paint.

Below are images of the finished work (although these thumbnails don’t really do the real-life work justice).

"Mika" Painting by Franciscus

"Stewie" Painting by Franciscus

The paintings are acrylic on canvas, 12″x 12″. My favorite parts are the life in the eyes.

Here’s a bit more detail of Mika’s portrait:

Mika - Eye Detail

You can see more of Frank’s work on his website. Be sure to check out his other parrot paintings.