February 10, 2022 3 min read

 

ValentinesPet parrots can be incredible if demanding friends, but for people more accustomed to fluffy mammalian companions, they can present some unexpected challenges. The long-lived, intelligent and highly social birds need especially high amounts of attention and enrichment, or else they can pick up bad habits and find themselves bored and stressed to the point where they pluck out their own feathers.

 

 

Fun Facts about Valentines Day Parrots:

  1. Some Parrots Grind Their Own Calcium Supplementsas a famous research subject, the African grey parrot Alex was said to have the intelligence of a human 5-year-old. Now the psittacine tribe can claim another brainy feat: tool use. Researchers at the University of York and the University of St. Andrews observed captive greater vasa parrots (Coracopsis vasa) using date pits and pebbles to pulverize cockle shells.

  1. Parrot Toes Are Zygodactyllike most other birds, parrots have four toes per foot. But instead of the usual three-in-front-one-behind arrangement, parrot toes are configured for maximum grip: two in front and two behind, like two pairs of opposable thumbs.
  1.  A Third of the World's Parrots Face Extinctiondue to a combination of habitat destruction and persistent poaching for the pet trade, more species regularly land on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

  1. Parrots Taste With the Tops of Their Beaksthough parrots do have some taste glands at the backs of their throats, most of their 300 or so taste buds are located on the roofs of their mouths.
  1. Your Pet Parrot May Outlive Youmany parrots have near-human lifespans, a consideration many people don’t truly grasp when seeking a parrot as a companion. Larger species like macaws and cockatoos are known to live for between 35 and 50 years.

 

 

Let’s start Drawing Valentines Day Step by Step

 

In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B
  • Colored Pencil:
    • yellow
    • pink
    • purple
    • burgundy
    • dark purple
    • black
    • orange

 

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Valentines

Step 1. We start drawing by using lines and circles to outline the shape of future parrots. (Pencil B)

 

ValentinesStep 2. Next step, based on the construction lines. Draw the basic shape of the tail, wings and beaks, we also outline the feet and branches. (Pencil B)

 

ValentinesStep 3. Based on the construction line, draw the shape of the heads of parrots, as well as branches, feet, tail and eyes. (Pencil B)

 

ValentinesStep 4. We remove all unnecessary construction lines and add details. Feathers on parrots, leaves below and on twigs, clouds and hearts on top. (Pencil B)

 

ValentinesStep 5. We start coloring by making a general tone on the parrots. For this we use yellow for the wings, beaks and paws, for the left parrot we use pink, and for the right purple. (Colored pencils yellow, pink, purple)

 

ValentinesStep 6.  Let's enhance the colors, for the yellow parts we use orange for the shadows. For the pink we use burgundy and purple for the shadows. And for the purple we use dark purple for the shadows and pink for the highlights. We shade over the eyes with black. (Colored pencils pink, purple, burgundy, dark purple, black, orange)

 

ValentinesStep 7. Shade the background and the general tone. We use dark purple for the branch, and pink for the hearts and leaves. (Colored pencils pink, dark purple)

 

ValentinesStep 8. On this step we further amplify the pink elements of the artwork. To do this, we enhance the color with pink, and also add shadows with burgundy. (Colored pencils pink, burgundy)

 

 ValentinesStep 9. The last step is adding pink shadows to the clouds and intensifying the dark purple color on the branch. Also adding pink highlights. (Colored pencils pink, dark purple)

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