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African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot
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Copyright: Jose Augusto L Hauer (zeca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: SONY DSC P10
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the World, Favorites, Nice Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 11:14
Viewed: 7619
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Psittacus erithacus, the "african grey parrot".

13 Inches (Larger bird, but has a short tail)

Ave. Lifespan
50 - 65 years

The male african grey has a flatter, broader head and is generally one inch bigger in size that the female. The female has a longer, more slender neck and a smaller rounded head than the male. The female also has a more eliptical shape to the eye, whereas the male's is more round. The male Congo african gray parrot usually is darker on the wings and has red feathers around the vent.


Known as the best parrot at mimicry. Studies have shown that the Grey can actually understand and use human language. Greys can be very tempremental, and are known to be nippy. They have a tendency to pluck feathers if bored. And the bird tends to bond to one person.

Relatively quiet.

I found this one in Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. Despite it´s african roots, this parrot is today an world citizen! This guy is not in any zoo. He belongs to a man who likes to show it and explain about it to the children.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-10 11:29]

Helo Jose,
Very good idea to portrait this grey parrot against this superb coloured background.
Good sharpness on the feathers, particularly on the eyes and head.

Hi, Jose!
Excellent parrot! Good DOF and contrast background.
Wonderful work! Tanya.

Hello Jose, excllent colors, bg, pov, dof,perect details, everything is crisp Great Job, TFS Kyle

Hi Jose,
Perfect profile of this parrot. I like the sharpness and composition of this picture. Contrast of the background also very interesting. TFS

  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-10 13:44]

Hi Jose,

Well composed picture of this parrot and the red BG,The colors give good contrast,I like it a lot,well seen and captured,


Hi Jose,
Fantastic portrait of this Parrot
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hola amigo José,
Esta vez has publicado una excelentísima foto, no es que las otras sean feas, sino que esta es hermosa. Me gustan mucho el primer plano con excelentes detalles y el inusual fondo con las flores de un árbol.


Fantastic Zeca. Well...parrots are my favorite birds ever! As I see the trip to SC was great! ....hum..I wish I was there to talk to this fellow. Nice shot great Zeca!

Hello Jose
Great capture of this beautiful parrot.
Excellent colors and details.
Great POV , BG and DOF.


Excellent Lighting and colourful BG. The sharpness and details of the subject are great. TFS,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-11 11:03]

Hi Jose,
This parrot stand out very well against this colorful bg!
Color, texture and focus outstanding!
TFS, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-12 4:16]

Hello Jose,
Magnificent portrait.I liked POV,clear details,vivid colors,contrast,catchlight in eyes,framing and composition a lot.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-07-12 20:11]

Hi Jose, Good as very different to most where the bird is brighter in colours than the background. Very effective. Murray.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-14 14:19]

Hola Jose,

Wonderful picture of that parrot! The bg is lovely colorful and enhanced so well the bird! You got a great pov and did an excellent composition. The exposure is greatly managed as we can see clearly all the different tones of grey of the feathers. Details are awesome too! Great picture and TFS,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-15 5:28]

WOW! He is grey - all over, even his eyes. And he looks good in front of the beautiful flower tree in the BG. He's nice and sharp too, well done,

Hi Jose,

Perfect portrait of this colorful and pretty bird!!!

TFS :-)

Hi Jose,
Beautiful shot, excellent portrait.
Well done.
TFS Malgosia

Eu tenho um.
O nome do meu papagaio e` Oscar Romulus. Podes se ver no TN. Fala potugues e ingles. Sings 9 songs; says thousands of sentences. Mine roams totally free; it returns home like a homing pigeon.
This photo of yours is a HIGH QUALITY register. Great sharpness and with well focused details.
Mario with friendly greetings from Canada.

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