Birds paint up a storm

Pet Barn’s Sun Conures “Barney and Petra” are painting up a storm and will be “hosting” an art exhibition in the next few months.
Pet Barn’s Sun Conures “Barney and Petra” are painting up a storm and will be “hosting” an art exhibition in the next few months. DAVE NOONAN

GRAFFITI for birds could become the new internet sensation and once again Toowoomba has front row seats.

Two Sun Conures “Barney and Petra” are painting up a storm at the Pet Barn on Ruthven Street after they took a liking to expressing themselves on canvas.

Store manager Di Boon said the idea was born on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

“We gave the birds my pen to play with and they started waiving it around so we thought, why not give them paintbrushes and a canvas and let them go to work?” Ms Boon said.

The six-month-old Sun Conures are native to South America and are very active birds by nature.

“They are only babies so they have picked up the technique very quickly.

“These types of birds need to be occupied so it was done in jest, but has turned out to be so much fun,” Ms Boon said.

On entering the store, customers are immediately greeted by the “best friends” and Ms Boon said they had already gained cult status among the store's customers.

“People think that it is amazing. The birds are so colourful that they actually draw attention to themselves.

“Our customers are just immediately drawn to them, young and old. They are just so mischievous and playful,” Ms Boon said.

Sun Conures are highly intelligent birds and Ms Boon said they constantly needed attention.

“They just need to be entertained as they absorb so much information, especially from their environment,” Ms Boon said.

The crazy painting seems to be popular with the birds at Pet Barn.

“We have a sulphur-crested cockatoo “Flash” that also loves to paint. It is definitely the “in thing” to do amongst our store's birds,” Ms Boon said.

Having only discovered the artistic abilities of the Sun Conures six weeks ago, Ms Boon said to stay tuned for an “art exhibition” in the future.

“The birds absolutely love painting; they seem to show much more affection to people afterwards.

“We are going to keep the paintings and get them mounted and plan to hold an art exhibition one evening with the star of the show front and centre,” Ms Boon said.

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