ARTS & CULTURE

This Is Not A Parrot

03/27/2014 12:19 pm ET | Updated Mar 28, 2014

This is not a parrot. It isn't a Scarlet Macaw, either, if you want to get technical.

Go on and take a closer look.

  • Johannes Stoetter

This is a photo of a woman covered in body paint, by Italian-born artist Johannes Stötter, who earned the title of Bodypainting World Champion in 2012.

"I think most people don't realize that this is a human being," jokes Stötter on his Facebook page, "some of my closest friends are trying to find out why I posted the photo of a parrot."

His abilities extend far beyond parrots. Rocks? No problem. A stack of wood? Easy. Here, have a cello.

PHOTOS of Stötter's parrot painting, in progress:

  • Daniel Stoetter
  • Daniel Stoetter
  • Daniel Stoetter
  • Daniel Stoetter

According to The Telegraph, Stötter spends up to five months planning his paintings, with some paintings taking up to eight hours to complete. Fortunately for the models, he uses a special, breathable paint.

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