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!
May 12, 2014 – Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Requested by: tumlizzie66 and rukrym
Found in the eastern half of the United States, southeastern Canada, and into Mexico, Cardinals nest in areas of dense foliage. Unlike most songbirds, female cardinals sing. They may sing while sitting on their nests and often sing a longer and more complicated song than the males. Male and female Cardinals are frequently found attacking their reflections in windows and other shiny surfaces in the spring. They become extremely territorial and may spend hours fighting the “intruder.” They eat mostly seeds and fruit, with occasional insects.
Edit: added Canada to the range description
I’m really enjoying drawing all the great waterbirds people suggested, but I’m running pretty short on requests for all the other categories. If you have any tropical, woodland, desert, or grassland birds you’d like to see, let me know!
May 11, 2014 – Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Requested by: dandelionsrawr
The Loggerhead Shrike is found in grasslands throughout most of North America. This small predatory songbird eats insects, lizards, birds, and small mammals. Their beaks are hooked, with two sharp, tooth-like points on the upper portion which help them kill their prey. They often impale their catch on a sharp spike or thorn, keeping it anchored while they break it apart. Leaving their food skewered also allows them to store it for later, or even to wait while the poisons in animals like the monarch butterfly break down. Although they are fairly common in the South and West of the United States, and their IUCN status is Least Concern, their population has declined sharply in the last 50 years.
May 10, 2014 – Nene, Nēnē or Hawaiian goose (Branta sandvicensis)
Requested by: tieltavern
The Nene is found wild only on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. These birds evolved from the Canada goose, which probably arrived on Hawaii not long after the islands formed. Nenes are herbivores, grazing on grasses and other plants. They are classified as Vulnerable, but conservation efforts have increased their numbers. In 1952 the population was down to 30 geese, this has grown to 800 in the wild in 2004, with another 1,000 in captivity. They are the state bird of Hawaii.
May 9, 2014 – Amazonian Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus coronatus coronatus)
Requested by: hagakyubey
This bird is a member of the Tyrant Flycatcher family and is found throughout most of the Amazon basin. The Royal Flycatchers are sometimes split into four separate species, the Amazonian, Northern, Atlantic, and Pacific. They only rarely display their elaborate crests, particularly during courtship and when competing or threatened. Both sexes have crests, but the male’s crest is red while the female’s is yellow. They build large hanging nests, often over water, where the female incubates the eggs alone.