PARROT PSITTACIFORMES – 2008
ORGINAL PAINTING HAND-PAINTED IN CALLIGRAPHY INK ON PAPER BY EMMA J V HOGG
PRINT DIMENSIONS | UNFRAMED –
A4 – 21 X 29.7 CM / 8 X 12″
A3 – 29.7 x 42 CM / 12 x 16.5″
A2 – 42 x 59.4 CM / 16.5 x 23.4″
‘Parrot Psittaciformes’ details the biology of the parrot family of birds. It depicts various species of parrot contained within the body of a larger parrot. Some literal depictions, others hidden in abstract lines and one a full parrot skeleton.
Text in painting reads:
The Parrot is of the order Psittaciformes, they are also known as Psittacines
Parrots possess a high level of intelligence, which is best demonstrated by the African Grey Parrot. In captivity these birds have learnt up to 700 words, proving their use of long-term memory retention
With most birds having the 3:1 configuration of toes, the parrot is Zygodactyl. It has two toes in a forward direction and two back. This enables it to walk on the ground easily with increased mobility, with some parrots also using their feet to assist in feeding
Parrots have a very strong, curved bill, which is not fused to the skull, allowing it to move independently. This contributes to the huge biting pressure they can exert. The Hyacinth Macaw can exert up to 140kg per square inch with its bill. It uses this power to crush palm nuts and extract the kernels.
The bill of a parrot is made from the protein Keratin. It will continually grow throughout a parrot’s life and without constant wear can become overgrown, the upper portion growing below the lower and eventually reaching its chin.
Parrots have a highly developed musculature of the tongue. The tongue and bill is used to assist in their movement through the trees
The parrot is the most variably sized bird order in length ranging from the 8cm Pygmy-parrot to the Hyacinth Macaw at 1 metre
Without teeth the parrot will often swallow food of a size larger than normal. To assist in the breakdown and digestion of food particles some parrots eat small stones or bark
Written by Emma J V Hogg