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African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-25 3:43
Viewed: 6560
Points: 22
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This photo was taken at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, B. C.

African Grey Parrot
Psittacus erithacus

The African Grey parrot gets its name from its slate gray feathers. It has a very striking crimson tail and yellow eyes. Its black beak is hooked like most parrots and is extremely powerful.

The diet of the African Grey parrot consists of seeds, nuts, berries, and fruit. Its powerful bill can crush most seeds and nuts.

The African Grey parrot is native to West and Central Africa. However, since they are commonly used as pets, they can be found throughout the world. In the wild, they live in rainforests, cultivated land, mangroves, wooded savannas, and gardens.

Natural predators of the African Grey parrot include a variety of hawks and falcons. Monkeys and other tree-dwelling mammals often steal the parrot's eggs. As a defensive strategy, a flock of parrots will fall silent and then burst from the treetops while shrieking. The chaos and noise deter most predators.

African Grey parrots are extremely social birds. Thousands of the birds will form a communal nesting area.

A female will lay between 2 and 4 eggs. The male does not tend to the eggs, but provides food for the female instead while she sits on them. Once the chicks are hatched, both parents tend to them.

The African Grey parrot is widely known for its ability to mimic human voices in captivity. A recording of the parrots in Zaire showed that in the wild, they mimicked nine other birds and one kind of bat. The African Grey parrot is considered to be a highly intelligent bird. There has been some evidence that they can achieve a vocabulary of over 500 words, although there is no evidence that they understand what they are saying.


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Nice portrait shot Manyee, great sharpness and DOF, well captured too. thanks for sharing

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-25 3:50]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful pose.Lighting,black BG,clear details,eye contact and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Manyee,
To take its portrait in photograph does not seem to have disturbed it! It makes its toilet quietly! ;-)
Very beautiful success. I appreciate the very sharp details of the plumage and the colors. It is very great.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-25 4:13]

Lovely pose of this parrot Manyee! Great quality, especially light and colours. I like it!

Hi Manyee
Great capture and great light and pose
In a friendly way Christophe

Hi Manyee

Impressive looking bird. The plumage colours are lovely and with the head tucked under it has allowed a good vew of the shape. Good POV, light and clarity. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-25 6:44]
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Excellent picture Manyee. Your recent portraits are really very good. Your halo's have disappeared. Good for you! Details on this picture are very sharp and I like the pose of the bird. Exposure is spot on. I would have been tempted to crop the oof stick in the fg, but that's a minor nit. Well done & TFS!


A very nice picture, Manyee. A very nice POV. TFS.


Nice capture Manyee! Good composition, DOF and nice details.
Well done!

Great details and colors Manyee! Very cool pose..Nice work!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-25 14:22]

Muy agradable colorido y oportunidad de la captura con adecuada nitidez y DOF.

Very pleasant colorful and opportunity of the capture with suitable clearness and DOF.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****

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