July 15, 2014 - European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

Requested by: serotina

Named for their call of “turr turr” rather than for any connection to turtles, these doves are found in Europe, Africa, and Asia. They spend most of their time foraging on the ground for grass seeds and fruits, weeds, and insects. They form strong pair bonds and build loose twig nests where both parents incubate the eggs. Their population has been declining recently, in part due to hunting, but their very large range has kept their IUCN status at Least Concern. 

July 14, 2014 - Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans)

Requested by: cetaa

These grass parrots are found in two separate regions of southern Australia. They eat grass seeds, leaves, flower buds, and fruits, spending most of their time foraging on the ground. They nest in tree cavities where the female incubates the eggs. Elegant Parrots are relatively common in captivity.

July 13, 2014 - Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)

Requested by: gepwin

These wading birds are found in South America and the Caribbean. Their bright red color is caused by the red crustaceans in their diet, although they also eat mollusks, insects, and small fish. They are highly social birds, living in flocks and gathering in breeding colonies of thousands. The female lays three to five eggs and both parents care for the chicks. The Scarlet Ibis is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.

July 12, 2014 - Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger)

Requested by: Elio Grieco

These birds are found in southwest Colombia and parts of west Ecuador. They eat palm nuts, fruits, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The species gets its name from the large wattle of the male, which he inflates during courtship displays and retracts during flight. Females build the nest and care for the chicks alone. Due to hunting and habitat loss, Long-wattled Umbrellabirds are classified as Vulnerable.

If you haven’t seen these birds in action you should check out some videos of them.

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when-worlds-collide96 asked:

Hey ! Could you do a Fallow Parrotlet or Pacific Parrotlet by any chance? :D

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I love parrotlets! I’ll definitely add them to the list.

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hipsterarpaca asked:

Ooh, can you do a megapode? Maybe an Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami). Because they're super awesome. :D

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I was just reading about the Brush Turkey a few days ago, they are amazing birds, I’d be happy to draw one.

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melancholyflapper asked:

How about a precious li'l chickadee?

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Chickadees are so cute, I’ll definitely add them to the list.

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crownofbirds asked:

Can I request a Princess of Wales Parakeet? I'm biased :)

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Of course! I checked out your blog and I can see why you’re biased :) They’re really beautiful parrots and I’d be happy to draw one.

July 11, 2014 - California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

Requested by: Marjorie “Slim” Woodruff

Once found in most of the western United States from Mexico to Canada, California Condors now live only in a small area of California’s coastal mountain ranges, Baja California, and the Grand Canyon. They were extinct in the wild from 1988 to 91. Captive breeding and reintroduction efforts have raised their population from a low of 22 birds, to around 435 in early 2013. They have the longest wingspan of any bird in North America, at nine and a half feet (2.89 meters). Their bald heads are an adaptation to their diet of carrion, allowing them to stay relatively clean after eating.

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coramatus asked:

You should give the Hoatzin a shot. Or the Pitouhi. Those are some pretty cracked out birds! If not, try the Red Junglefowl, because no one else is going to give the chicken it's dues. :)

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Those are some great suggestions. Hoatzins were one of my favorite birds as a kid (I watched a lot of nature documentaries). I had heard of poisonous birds, but I didn’t know any of the specific species, so a Pitouhi will be fun. I’m also excited to draw the Red Jungle Fowl, I grew up with quite a few chickens, so I’m always happy to help improve their image.

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confuzzledpigeon asked:

Hey! Your blog is awesome, and I was just wondering what program you use for your birdy pictures? Also, would you mind doing a Sooty Owl and/or a Stellar's Jay if you're still after requests?

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Thank you! I use Adobe Illustrator for all the drawings, it’s one of my favorite tools, even though I also use some more traditional media sometimes. I’ll definitely add the owl and jay to the list. I used to love watching Stellar’s Jays when I went camping in Arizona as a kid.

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catsi-spiders asked:

I'm not sure if I have seen many birds from the families Scolopacidae or Charadiidae. They are the cutest! If you haven't yet, could you draw one from either family? Possibly a piping plover, dunlin or ruddy turnstone? Thanks!

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I do have a Piping Plover up, it was one of my first birds, here’s the link: http://renatagrieco.tumblr.com/post/77304609987/february-6-2014-piping-plover-charadrius but I haven’t done either of the others, so I’ll add both of them to my list. You’re right, I could use a few more cute shorebirds on the blog.