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Monday, July 13, 2009
Origami Parrot

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers.

Laura Doering attempts to make an origami parrot.

It’s the start of a new week, so I thought I’d kick it off by trying my hand at something completely challenging for me … origami! Perhaps it’s because I’m right-brained (left-handed), but tasks involving precise measurements rarely work out for me. (My dad is a gifted mechanical engineer, but sadly, I inherited nothing in the way of mathematical or engineering prowess.)

So I told Jessica that I was going to conquer this task of creating an origami parrot. I found a YouTube video that showed of a pair of hands magically turning a sheet of paper into a parrot, and I tried to follow along (thank goodness for “pause” and “rewind”). The video is 3½ minutes long, but it took me about a half hour to get through it.

I was ready to crumple up and “circular file” my over-creased paper a quarter of the way through the video because my paper wasn’t coming out like what I was seeing on screen. But I trudged on, determined to have something to show for my effort.

I showed my finished piece to the editor and asked her to take a guess at what it was. “A rabbit?” she said. “No wait, a dachshund?”

 Then I showed Jessica, who had even less than encouraging words. “Is that supposed to be something?”

“It’s a parrot.“ I replied. “A macaw to be exact.” So to make it more identifiable I colored it a blue-and-gold macaw using my highlighters and Sharpie. What a difference that made! “Oh, I suppose it is a parrot,” Jessica said politely, but still hesitantly.

One unexpected oddity: my parrot’s head is turned backward, like he’s looking over his shoulder, or trying to preen his neck feathers. Not sure how I managed that but I do know that it is legit parrot posture, so perhaps that makes it even more realistic?

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