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My Personal Shredder by maggock My Personal Shredder by maggock
Anyone who owns a lovebird is aware of this little quirk I'm sure! They like to tear off pieces of paper in little strips and then stick them in their tailfeathers. Mine hasn't done it in quite some time though - he's getting a little old to have the nesting behavior I hope!

This is another little piece that'll be at AC (actually two pieces, but they'll be matted as a duo.) Whew, just 8 or so more to go! :P
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fawkesfire Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
My parakeet did that. I had a teacher complain once when I turned in a partially shredded homework assignment she got mad at me when I told her my bird ate my homework. 
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Our zebra finches were far more efficient at paper shredding than our love bird was, although they are 10,000x more messy lol
pixipatrin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES. MY lovebird female does the exact same thing with the paper shreds.
LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
that is the most adorable paper shredder ever XD
Talia77 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   Artist
Oh my gosh this is adorable. Great work :)
Akesis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My cockatiel does the same xD
Demonatron Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I have a little peach face. This is adorable, but I've actually never seen her do it. She spends her time biting holes in my t-shirts and trying to sneak up on top of my head.
Lovely work. This really made me smile.
Errational Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine used to do this to everything. Book covers ('specially paperbacks), homework, the ocassional essay...
RIP Molly.
Niji-No-Kuroi-Bara Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Aww, this is so incredibly adorable~~ You really capture the essence and pure love that birds are, really lovely ^^
And definitely, though my little treasure has somehow decided to put them around his neck feathers instead of tail feathers haha.
Thank you for sharing so much of your lovely work, all of them are so adorable and stunning :heart:
RachelRedqueen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
So cute!
6Phantom6 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Mine does it; she created a mole hill out of all the paper I gave her.

Nice way of capturing the habit in this.
FeltsOfFancy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of my two lovebirds does this ALL the time. :XD: I must say I think it's adorable.
zeichenwut Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So very adorable. My budgie did the same thing to every piece of paper he could find.
Kingdom-of-me Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
OMFG..... O_______O IT SO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE... <3<3<3<3
superdoglac Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
I own a conure, she does the same thing! Actually it's kind of funny to tell my teachers my bird ate my homework when there's bite marks all over it. XD
zraya218 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011 way.

That is the coolest and cutest thing I've ever head of.
Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, yes. Of course it wasn't so funny when my cockatiel touched my sister-in-law's beloved copy of Pride and Prejudice. She didn't tear it up, I stopped the darn crazy bird just in time. (Almost gave me a heart attack though.) There's a pic of my bird in my gallery somewhere.

Wish I could get her to stop tearing up paper in general (she's ruined stuff that way), but tis the nature of the beast. I think she is tearing up the paper in her cage as I write this.
...Yup, she is. If only she could just stick to that and not touch anything made of paper when she's out of the cage.

Oh yeah. There was also this one time our friends we're helping clean our house (long story that had to do with our house being flooded and stuff), and someone reached on top of our fridge and taking out all these bits of paper said "I think you have mice." And I was like "Oh no, that's just our bird." *LOL* :giggle:

Ah, the life of a bird owner.
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Ryo-ohki24 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
my bird does this ALL the damn time, i have hw assignments she's messed becuz of her obsession with ripping paper
Darth-Nicholas Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Soooooo cute! *_______*
NeecroPL Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Your parrots are beautiful!
I love your drawings!
You are a master!
AcrylicPhilosophy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
so cute!! is it an agapornis ficher? i have one like that, too :D
mangis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh, our budgies liked to chew on cardboard too. Great pic :)
thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I used to work at a vet's office and they had one of those. We would occasionally use him to shred documents! XD
Olive-Owl Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Aaaaah yes!
I can relate to this situation with my two love birds :XD: I need to remember to keep my art away from them.
Lovely job and interesting composition. :)
rewston Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
hahahaha my lovebird used to do this to my homework XD
Sal24 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
My love bird does this constantly!!!
da-bestest-chibi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
My lovebird Mimo used to do that, and she was my first and only lovebird so when I saw her doing it I was like "I'm sorry you don't like paper in your cage but that's all we have!!!" Then I found out all lovebirds do it and I felt a little stupid lol. This lovebird adorably fave-worthy, btw. :heart:
blueeyedpython Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats too cute XD have never had that behavior... just the shredding
cielduargent Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009


so cute
Sofera Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww how cute!! lol :D
werewolfs-curse Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Student General Artist
they are very good at this they are. I worked with these birds once, funny little things with a personality like no other bird.
red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is too adorable. I didnt know that! Looks like you learn something every day!

Ari chan
AngelicOphelia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
OMG that's adorable! I had no idea they did that.
flwlssdsstr Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
You have such talent! I wish I could draw like you! Especially since I have a little lovebird myself, and she's SUCH a character!
Rehensin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Awww, your lovebird is so cute! Mine haven't gotten to the idea of making strips yet, they just tear the paper to pieces x3 Anyhow, cute drawing of the little guy! I love how fluffy and adorable you drew him! Also, I like how you did two perspectives of the image, one from the front and one from the back! I like how soft your coloring is too! Very well done!
simplyabbyart Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
lol, its so ture! my bird loved paper
Shadowgirlfan Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
we had a budgie like this in real xD
coreanseoul Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Aww, how darling! The colours came out so nice and vibrantly too. ^^
xAngelxofxdeathx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Student General Artist
So cute! I never had a love bird, but I had a cocateil(sp) I didn't have a problem with it tearing up my papers though just the corners.
maggock Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Cockatiels tend to gnaw more aimlessly - I think lovebirds are hardwired to shred paper this way because of how they make their nests. :>
Mioku Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
Yep. This happened to one of my math assignments >_>
Crystal95 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Mine too x'd
trami Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
i love how this is an inside joke to all lovebird owners! XDXD! my old love bird did that all the time but my quaker doesnt seem so fascinated with paper
eperfalo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
i love it :penguin:
Kodako Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
omg i love this! so adorable
NimbleBun Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
i have personal shredders too. they come in the formate of a rabbit XD
asfaloth12 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
How precious! Good job on the details :D
Black-Saffy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Oh sweeettt baby :))
azzurro360 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
that is soooo cute! :aww:
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