May 18, 2014 – Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

Requested by: jeffreymann

The Royal Tern lives along coastlines from the United States to South America and on the western coast of Africa. They plunge into the water from about 30 feet to catch shrimp and fish and use a shallower diving technique to catch crabs and flying fish. These terns nest on islands, laying their eggs in a scrape on the ground. The chicks leave the nest shortly after hatching and gather in a group of thousands of other young terns, called a crèche.


May 17, 2014 – Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)

Requested by: serotina (requested any swifts)

Found in forests of Southeast Asia, Whiskered Treeswifts are closely related to true swifts. Unlike true swifts, treeswifts are able to perch on branches. Although they look similar, all swifts are only distantly related to swallows. They are in the order Apodiformes, which also includes hummingbirds. These birds build their nests at the end of thin branches to avoid predation by snakes. Their diet is mostly insects, which they often catch in flight.

May 16, 2014 – Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

Requested by: she-loved-a-street-tough

Found in shrubby areas of the Western United States, this bird is a larger member of the sparrow family. They were once considered part of the same species as the Eastern Towhee, called the Rufous-sided Towhee. The two species still occasionally interbreed in the Great Plains. Male Spotted Towhees spend up to 90 percent of their time singing when trying to attract a mate. After they find one, this number drops to about 5 percent. They eat a combination of insects, seeds, and other plant foods.

May 15, 2014 – Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

Requested by: serotina

Native to semi-arid regions of Australia, these small doves are common in captivity. They eat mostly grass seeds and occasionally ants. Males and females look alike, except for the more brightly colored eye ring of the male and slightly browner feathers of the female. Pairs build fragile nests of sticks and grasses and incubate the eggs together for about two weeks.

May 14, 2014 – Dovekie or Little Auk (Alle alle)

Requested by: hipsterarpaca

The smallest of the auks, Dovekies live in the Atlantic, nesting in large colonies on cliffs. There is a breeding colony of as many as 30 million birds in Greenland, one of the largest colonies of auks. Dovekies dive for small fish and crustaceans, moving their wings underwater to navigate. Their Latin name, Alle alle probably refers to a sound they make.

May 13, 2014 – Southern Cassowary, Double-wattled Cassowary, Australian Cassowary or Two-wattled Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Requested by: Elio Grieco

The Southern Cassowary is found in tropical rainforests of Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea. They are ratites, in the same family as Emus and Ostriches. The females are larger than the males and have more brightly colored faces and wattles. The males incubate the eggs and care for the chicks alone. Both have a large, sharp claw on the inner toe of each foot. They are classified as Vulnerable due to habitat loss, hunting, and threats to their eggs by feral animals.

DO A NICOBAR PIGEON nicobars are so great

They’re really beautiful. I think those feathers will be a challenge, but I’m happy to add them to the list.

I have never actually seen a cardinal. Thanks for the drawing!

You’re welcome. I hope you get to see one someday, they’re really fun to watch.

Hi! I’m not sure if you’ve drawn these before, but how about a common ground dove or a Saker falcon?

I haven’t done either of those, I’ll add both to the list!

Have you done the tooth-billed pigeon, spoon-billed sandpiper, Arabian babbler, Venezuelan troupial, bateleur, or Okinawa woodpecker yet? 🙂

I haven’t, but those are some great birds. I watched a video of the Venezuelan Troupial yesterday, but the title wasn’t in English and the translation just said “Oriole.” I’m really glad you requested it, they’re beautiful birds.

A Bourkes Parrot, or any other Neophemas(sp?) for the grassland bird?

Added to the list! There was a small aviary with some Bourke’s Parrots I would see while visiting my grandmother a few years ago. They’re very pretty little birds.

Thank you to everyone who’s sent me a bird request, I’m excited to draw all of them!