The African Grey Parrot, Psittacus erithacus
, is a medium-sized parrot native to Central and Western Africa. In 2007, it was listed as Near Threatened by IUCN due primarily to the pet trade. Since these parrots are adept talkers, large numbers of them were taken from the wild as babies and sold to pet owners around the world. This, combined with threats to their jungle habitat and their status as an agricultural pest in some areas, has led to declines in population numbers. We can help slow down the decrease in population by insisting that pet parrots are captive-bred (or not owning them at all) and only buying sustainably farmed or harvested timber.
This is my February entry for *8TwilightAngel8
's Endangered Art
project. I just had to do an African Grey, even though they're "only" near threatened, because... I own one! His name is Baby and he likes to pretend he's a telephone. Even though he was born in captivity, I still feel twinges of guilt about owning him.
I painted this in openCanvas 1.1 and added frame and text in Photoshop. It took about 3 hours. I swear, the concept looked a lot cooler in my head. The idea is that the species is linked to the land. If the habitat is declining, so is the species, because they rely on the jungle for food and nesting grounds.
I was inspired by this photo of my bird, which I absolutely love: