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Parrots Can Paint!

Moluccan Cockatoo Philippe admiring his photo in the paper

Moluccan Cockatoo Philippe admiring his photo in the paper

Parrots are highly intelligent animals, estimated to be on par with the most intelligent mammalian species. Parrots' intellectual capacity is most often described as similar to that of a three to five year old human child. Like most highly intelligent species, parrots live within a complex social structure and young birds are dependent on a protracted developmental stage during which they learn the skills they need to survive. They form strong social bonds with their mates, siblings, and the entire flock. In the wild, parrots spend their days foraging for food, socializing, playing, and flying free.

In captivity, parrots often receive little enrichment, have no contact with other birds, and are confined to cages for all or most of the day. Many birds who are surrendered to MAARS have never been out of their cages, have had few or no toys, stimulation or sufficient social interaction, and have spent hours, days, weeks - or longer - in total isolation.

Cowboy Painting

MAARS Volunteer Susan assisting Umbrella Cockatoo Sputnik by holding his canvas

MAARS provides a safe home for those birds with experienced and expert Volunteer Staff to provide for them. Each birds has as large an enclosure as possible with a variety of toys and perches to provide exercise and enrichment. The MAARS flock is fed a varied and nutritious diet. Birds receive out-of-cage play-time every day and are encouraged to interact with both Volunteer Staff and other birds.

At MAARS Volunteer Staff are always looking for new ways to enrich the lives of the MAARS flock. Volunteers have taught the birds how to fly, play games (making humans fetch is a favorite!), and seek to learn the particular interests and likes of each individual bird.

MAARS was inspired to offer birds at the shelter an opportunity to paint by the work of other captive wildlife sanctuaries and rescues, especially those serving elephants and primates. Not all birds choose to paint or find it to be a stimulating activity, and the skills and interest levels of those who do choose to paint - and enjoy it - vary greatly.

The birds use both their beaks and feet to hold the paint brushes and put the brush to canvas themselves. When we first began painting with the birds we chose the paint colors for them, but after a few sessions they caught on to dipping the brush into the paint on the pallet and we let them choose the colors they wanted to use.

The birds were very excited seeing the colors come to life on paper, and while there may not be a budding Picasso amongst the MAARS flock, painting provides a new and fun challenge for some birds living in captivity.

Click on an image below to order one of these unique prints of the original paintings!

 

Cowboy

Harry

Harry Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Harry showing his flair

Malachi

Cowboy 2014-01

 

6" x 6" Prints - $15

Harry 2014-01

10" x 8" Prints - $20

Malachi 2013-03

12" x 6" Prints - $20

Sully

Rascal Painting

Blue-Fronted Amazon Rascal showing the best way
to hold a brush

Rascal

Louie

Sully 2014-01

 

9" x 3" Prints - $15

Rascal 2014-01

7" x 5" Prints - $15

Louie 2014-01

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Harry

Louie

Bongo Bob Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie
in his element

Cowboy

Harry 2014-02

 

7" x 5" Prints - $15

Louie 2014-04

10" x 8" Prints - $20

Cowboy 2014-03

10" x 8" Prints - $20

Philippe

Louie

Harpo

 

Bongo Bob Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Harpo concentrating hard
on his painting

Philippe 2014-02

 

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2014-03

9" x 3" Prints - $15

Harpo 2014-01

6" x 6" Prints - $15

Louie

Philippe Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Philippe going with blue now

Cowboy

Philippe

Louie 2014-05

 

12" x 8" Prints - $15

Cowboy 2014-02

6" x 6" Prints - $15

Philippe 2014-01

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Philippe

Peaches

Bongo Bob Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Peaches painting for the first time

Louie

Philippe 2014-03

12" x 8" Prints - $20

Peaches 2013-01

8" x 6" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-08

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Cowboy Louie Harpo

Cowboy

Cowboy 2013-01

 

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Louie 2012-02

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Harpo 2013-03

11" x 14" Prints - $20

Cowboy 2013-03

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie

Louie Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie trying a new color

Philippe

Louie

Louie 2013-02

10" X 8" Prints - $15

Philippe 2013-04

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2012-03

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie

Harpo

Bongo Bob Painting

Umbrella Cockatoo Bongo Bob seeking approval

Bongo Bob

Louie 2013-03

10" X 8" Prints - $15

Harpo 2013-02

11" x 14" Prints - $20

Bongo Bob 2013-01

6" x 4" Prints - $15

Sputnik

Sully Painting

Goffin's Cockatoo Sully showing he can do it, too!

Sully

Malachi

Sputnik 2012-03

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Sully 2013-01

6" x 6" Prints - $15

Malachi 2013-03

12" x 6" Prints - $20

Benecio

Bobby

Bobby Painting

Citron Cockatoo Bobby working on a self-portrait

Louie

Benencio 2011-01

14-1/2 x 11" Prints - $20

Bobby 2013-02

7" x 5" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-11

14-1/2 x 11" Prints - $20

Harpo Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Harpo getting in on the action

Harpo

Louie

Louie Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie starting another masterpiece

Harpo 2013-01

7" x 5" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-01

7" X 5" Prints - $15

Simba

Louie

Louie Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie just getting started

Louie

Simba

14-1/2 x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-06

8-1/2" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-04

10" X 8" Prints - $15

Philippe MAARS Moluccans

Philippe

Rascal

Philippe 2013-03

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Moluccans 2013-01

12" x 4" Prints - $20

Philippe 2013-05

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Rascal 2013-01

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie

Louie Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie trying out the color pink

Louie

Malachi

Louie 2012-09

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-05

7" X 5" Prints - $15

Malachi 2013-01

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Malachi

Louie

Malachi

Malachi

Malachi 2013-02

11 x 8-1/2" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-10

14-1/2 x 11" Prints - $20

Malachi 2013-04

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Malachi 2013-05

8" x 8" Prints - $15

Bobby

Louie

Ed

Ed Painting

Yellow-Crowned Amazon Ed proving Amazons can paint, too!

Bobby 2013-01

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-09

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Ed 2013-01

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Philippe Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Philippe proving he's a pro

Philippe

Louie

Hailey

Philippe 2013-02

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2013-07

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Hailey 2013-01

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie Malachi

Malachi Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Malachi showing how it's done

Cowboy

Louie 2012-05

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Malachi 2011-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Cowboy 2012-02

11" x 11" Prints - $20

 

Philippe Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Philippe starting on a masterpiece

 

Philippe

Philippe Louie

Philippe 2013-01

11" x 8-1/2" Prints - $20

Philippe 2012-01

10" x 8" Prints - $20

Louie 2012-04

14" x 11" Prints - $20

 

Corry

Gomer

Cowboy Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Cowboy looking at his handiwork

Cowboy

Corry 2012-02

8-1/2" x 11" Prints - $20

Gomer 2012-01

11" x 11" Prints - $20

 

Cowboy 2011-02

11" x 11" Prints - $20

 

Cowboy

Louie

Sputnik Bobby

Cowboy 2012-01

10" x 8" Prints - $20

Louie 2012-01

10" x 8" Prints - $20

Sputnik 2012-02

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Bobby 2012-02

14" x 11" Prints - $20

 

Bobby

Bongo Bob

Corry

Sputnik

Bobby 2012-01

8" x 10" Prints - $20

Bongo Bob 2012-01

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Corry 2012-01

8-1/2" x 11" Prints - $20

Sputnik 2012-01

8" x 10" Prints - $20


Benecio Painting

Blue & Gold Macaw Benecio showing off his work

Benecio

Philippe Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Philippe starting on a masterpiece

Philippe

Benecio 2011-02

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Philippe 2011-01

11" x 13-3/4" Prints - $20

 

Philippe

Sputnik

Louie

Louie Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie working hard on another painting

Philippe 2012-02

8-1/2" x 11" Prints - $20

Sputnik 2011-01

13-3/4" x 11" Prints - $20

Louie 2011-02

10" x 8" Prints - $15


Bobby Painting

Citron Cockatoo Bobby getting fancy with two brushes

Bobby Gomer Miranda

Bobby 2011-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Gomer 2011-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Miranda 2011-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15


Cowboy Bobby Louie Prince Charming

Cowboy 2011-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Bobby 2011-02

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Louie 2011-03

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Prince Charming 2011-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15


Louie Sputnik

Sputnik Painting

Umbrella Cockatoo Sputnik
having fun painting

Cowboy

Louie 2011-04

14" x 11" Prints - $20

Sputnik 2011-02

11" x 11" Prints - $20

Cowboy 2013-02

10" x 8" Prints - $15


Gomer Painting

Military Macaw Gomer starts out the "MAARS Macaws" painting

MAARS Macaws Sputnik Philippe

MAARS Macaws 2011-01

11" x 13-3/4" Prints - $20

Sputnik 2013-01

10" x 8" Prints - $15

Philippe 2012-03

10" x 8" Prints - $15


Moon Over Cactus Louie Louie

Louie Painting

Moluccan Cockatoo Louie putting the brush where he wants it

Moon Over Cactus

11" x 14-1/2" Prints - $20

Louie 2011-05

13-3/4" x 11"Prints - $20

Louie 2011-01

11" x 14-1/2" Prints - $20

 

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