The African grey parrot is another species of bird in deep trouble from a combination of the pet trade combined with habitat loss. Though they are bred in captivity in some countries, breeding stock birds continue to be taken from the wild. Many captive parrots, far removed from their forest homes, also suffer from behavioral problems. The solution is clear: stop the trade of wild birds and increase protections on their environment. 

From the brochure:

AFRICAN GREY PARROTS, Psittacus erithacus (VULNERABLE), are found in the rainforests of west and central Africa. They often forage on the ground for palm nuts, seeds, fruits, leaves, and sometimes snails. Thousands are taken out of the wild each year for their feathers and, because of their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech, as pets. 

Nicholas Jainschigg African Grey - Indulgence Two Sculpture: Oil on carved basswood, laser cut metal, glass eye, 15 x 24 x 3.5 in. African Grey - Indulgence Two references Medieval allegory, Victorian taxidermy mounts, Cathedral screens and bird cages.   

Nicholas Jainschigg
African Grey - Indulgence Two
Sculpture: Oil on carved basswood, laser cut metal, glass eye, 15 x 24 x 3.5 in.

African Grey - Indulgence Two references Medieval allegory, Victorian taxidermy mounts, Cathedral screens and bird cages. 

 

Luci Jockel Caged Sculpture: African Grey Parrot skull, feathers, steel, beeswax, 2 x 2 x 4 in. Caged is a memorial for African Grey Parrots. These birds are declining as a result of habitat destruction and the pet trade. Caged allows us to grieve and reflect on the parrots who have suffered as pets in our home.   

Luci Jockel
Caged
Sculpture: African Grey Parrot skull, feathers, steel, beeswax, 2 x 2 x 4 in.

Caged is a memorial for African Grey Parrots. These birds are declining as a result of habitat destruction and the pet trade. Caged allows us to grieve and reflect on the parrots who have suffered as pets in our home. 

 

Celine Schmidt CAPTIVating Parrots Sculpture: Mixed materials, 30 x 30 x 30 in. The mirrors in the cage and bird toys of this piece reflect scenes from the African Grey’s natural habitat, but only one small shard at a time.   

Celine Schmidt
CAPTIVating Parrots
Sculpture: Mixed materials, 30 x 30 x 30 in.

The mirrors in the cage and bird toys of this piece reflect scenes from the African Grey’s natural habitat, but only one small shard at a time. 

 

Rose Scully Diego Eating a Slim Jim Sculpture: Mixed materials, 10 x 8 x 10 in. Please take a stand for the African Grey Parrot, if not for those of us already caged as pets, then for those who are left in the wild.  

Rose Scully
Diego Eating a Slim Jim
Sculpture: Mixed materials, 10 x 8 x 10 in.

Please take a stand for the African Grey Parrot, if not for those of us already caged as pets, then for those who are left in the wild.  

African grey parrot graphic (banner) by Christina Ward

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