astockdoveisacompactpigeon replied to your post:Thanks for answering my question!..

have you ever done lady amherst’s pheasant? I’m gonny paint that one some day!!

I haven’t and I’ll definitely add them to the list! When I had chickens, as a kid, I used to get a hatchery catalog and I would dream about getting Lady Amherst’s and Golden pheasants. I can definitely see why you want to paint them.

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August 27, 2014 – Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrows are found in open habitats over most of the United States and into Canada and Northern Mexico. They eat fruit, seeds, and insects, feeding on different varieties in different areas. Populations of Song Sparrows have distinct coloration in different parts of their range, those in the desert are pale, while many in wetter areas have darker feathers. Males sing to defend territory and attract females. The females seem to favor males who have the best ability to learn songs. 

I’ve started volunteering with NYC Audubon’s Project Safe Flight, monitoring window strikes around the city during migration. This sparrow is one of the most at-risk species. I’ve been mixing in some of these species with the requests, so you’ll see some more of them in the next few weeks.


August 26, 2014 – White-crowned Lapwing or White-crowned Plover (Vanellus albiceps)

Requested by: catsi-spiders

White-crowned Lapwings are found around rivers and lakes in parts of southeastern Africa. Like many other species of lapwing, these birds have long spurs on their wings. They eat insects, aquatic invertebrates and some small frogs and fish. Both parents incubate the eggs, which are laid in a small scrape in the open, and aggressively defend the nest from intruders.


August 25, 2014 – Umbrella Cockatoo, White Cockatoo, or White-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)

Requested by: thanks2banks

Umbrella Cockatoos are native to forests in Indonesia. They eat seeds, fruits, nuts, and occasionally some insects, foraging in small groups. These Cockatoos are fairly common as pets, but need experienced care and lots of attention. They can be extremely loud and are prone to feather plucking. In captivity, they can live for as long as 70 years. They are classified as Vulnerable because of capture for the pet trade and habitat loss.


August 24, 2014 – Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola)

Requested by: karrikut

These birds live in humid forests in the mountains of Central and Western Mexico. They can sometimes be spotted in the Southwestern United States, particularly in parts of Arizona and Texas. Males and females look similar, although females are a slightly lighter brown color. They eat mostly fruits, especially during the winter.


August 23, 2014 – Red-chested Buttonquail (Turnix pyrrhothorax)

Requested by: thegrish

These buttonquails are native to grassland areas of northern and eastern Australia. They eat seeds, particularly those from various grasses, and insects. Although they look similar to true quails, they are in a different family of birds. This species is occasionally kept in captivity. Their population is declining somewhat, because of habitat destruction, but they are classified as of Least Concern due to their large range.