Antique copyright free Parrot Paintings of Edward Lear
This post is a curated collection of some of the fabulous Parrot paintings of Edward Lear. They are some of the most beautiful and colorful illustrations of parrots ever painted.
Edward Lear is probably more famous for his nonsense poem “The Owl and The Pussycat” He actually wrote the poem for the daughter of a friend. The poet John Symonds in 1871.
He wasn’t just a poet. Edward Lear was one of the best ornithological artists of his era. At the start of his career, Lear’s main source of income was as a bird illustrator. He worked for the Zoological Society of London.
Lear was one of the first ornithological painters to base his artwork on live birds, rather than skins. The live parrots weren’t in the wild. He painted the parrots at London Zoo and others in private collections. When he was only 19 years old he published his first bird book, “Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots”
There are approximately 393 different species of Parrots, also knowns as Psittacines. Their habitat is the southern hemisphere in the subtropical regions. Most species of parrot are found in South America and Australasia.
Parrots have always had a popular appeal. Mainly for their beautiful colorful appearance and intelligence. They are well known for their ability to imitate the human voice.
This collection of parrot paintings are from the book “Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots”
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The Vintage Parrot Paintings
Yes, cockatoo’s are a species of parrot! This is my
Surprisingly, Hong Kong has become a sanctuary for Sulphur Crested cockatoos driven close to extinction from there original habitat. It’s amazing that 10% of this species of cockatoo have made the bustling city of Hong Kong their home.
It was actually through looking for a print of a sulphur cockatoo to hang on my wall that I came across this fabulous collection of parrot paintings.
I know the parrot illustration says Hyacinth Macaw, but it is now widely believed that Lear’s identification was incorrect. This beautiful Indigo Brazilian parrot is now known as Lear’s Macaw (Anodorhynchus
This parrot most likely got its name due to it being just one
Also known as the olive throated parakeet. Due to the
Not surprising this burrowing parrot is found mainly in Argentina. H
When you say parrot to me, this is the one I imagine. I think it is a popular species of parrot used in film and TV.
This is one of my
The Salmon-Crested Cockatoo is a very intelligent parrot. It has one of the loudest bird calls. Also, it’s a great mimic and is often featured in bird shows. However, most of the birds used for the shows have been bred in captivity. The trade in Salmon Crested Cockatoos is illegal in many countries.
Also known as the Western Rosella, a native of southwestern Australia. Due to the possible damage it could do to crops the parrot was classed as a vermin until 1998. Then it was given “protective native species” status.
If you liked these free vintage parrot paintings, check out some of my other free natural history illustrations.