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African Grey Parrot


African Grey Parrot
Photo Information
Copyright: Laurent GLANDON (lglandon) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 27 N: 192] (1334)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-28 4:08
Viewed: 5624
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Grey Parrot

Physical Description
The African Grey is primarily ... grey. There is a white area around the eye, and a red tail. There are two types of Greys, the normal African Grey and the Timneh race. The Timneh race has a dull red tail. There is a third type of African Grey.

Although there are only two scientifically recognized subspecies, the Congo and Timneh; Importers and quarantine stations have discovered two other AGs that come from different regions and have distinctive differences. The first is the Camaroon, which comes from Zaire (they were exported by an exporter in Camaroon) , is approx. 20% larger, has a more silver appearance, larger squarer head, and a brighter crimson tail than the congo. The second is the "Ghana", from Ghana, not Guyana located in Central America. The Ghana is smaller than the Congo and similar to the Timneh but has a much longer neck.
Length
13 Inches (Larger bird, but has a short tail)
Ave. Lifespan
50 - 65 years

Sexing
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.
Origin: Africa

Trainability
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.

Loudness
Relatively quiet.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-28 7:04]

Un beau portrait pour ce bel oiseau. Il est bien mis en valeur par le fond noir, cela donne un coté artistique...
Compliments et merci Laurent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-28 7:56]

Just amazing shot Laurent! Looks like after post processing in Photoshop, but we both know that these parrots looks like this on your photo. Great colours [or greys ;-)], dark BG is good choice, I like dynamic pose also. Very interesting post.

Excellent potrait shot of this nice bird. Very good colours, lighting and very good sharpness. Excellent composition with great informative note.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-28 10:57]

You captured a great pose, Laurent. I like his feathers all fluffed up. I wish there were a bit more room on top. But a lovely composition and great contrast in colors. Very sharp details. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Laurent,
excelent "close up". Colors and contrast very good. Note perfect too.
Congratulations,
Wagner.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-16 11:09]

Great composition of this portrait, Laurent! Original POV, well used flash. Greetings! Michal

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