Happy Easter/Spring – An Assortment of Eggs

Clockwise from top: House Wren (pink speckled), Grey Catbird (teal), African Jacana (dark brown), American Robin (light blue), Killdeer (large, tan and speckled)

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April 4, 2014 – Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata)

Requested by: topographygo

This duck lives around turbulent mountain rivers in the Andes of South America. It is a strong swimmer and diver, but does not fly much. The males are mostly black and white, while the females have a brownish-orange front and grey back. There are Peruvian, Colombian, and Chilean subspecies, each with slightly different coloration seen in the males.

The bird pictured is a female. Because they are both so pretty, I will probably draw a male later.


April 3, 2014 – Crested Oropendola or Yellow-Tailed Cornbird (Psarocolius decumanus)

Requested by: birdies-be-free

The Crested Oropendola is found in the Amazon River Basin and other tropical areas of South America. It eats insects, fruit, and some nectar. The males have a long thin crest that can be difficult to see. The females weave a three to six foot long nest of palm fibers and grasses, supported by only a few strands hanging from a tree branch. 


April 2, 2014 – Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)

Requested by: serotina

Native to the western half of North America, with their winter range extending into Central America, these birds are found in open woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and even urban areas. They catch insects while flying, often foraging in large groups. Like the Tree Swallow, they build their nests in tree cavities, although they may also nest in cliffs, buildings, and nest boxes.

Requested Birds are (almost) Here!

Today I’ll be posting the first requested bird. I’ve really been having a great time drawing the requests and I hope everyone enjoys them. I’ve tried to be fair and have been drawing them mostly in the order they came in. Since some people have requested more than one bird, I have usually drawn one of their birds first, cycling through other requests, then coming back to some of their other birds. I try to choose a bird I feel particularly inspired by each day to make sure I’ll do the best job on it that I can. I’d like to thank anyone who requested birds again for their requests and for their patience.


April 1, 2014 – Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

The largest of the North American cuckoos, this bird is found in the southwestern United States and northern areas of Mexico. They can run up to 20 mph and eat reptiles, small mammals, and birds. They will occasionally hunt rattlesnakes, working in pairs, with one bird distracting the snake while the other attacks it. The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico.


March 31, 2014 – Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)

The largest of the penguins, reaching about four feet in height, Emperor Penguins are native to Antarctica. They can dive to depths over 1,800 feet, remaining underwater for as long as 20 minutes. Unlike most birds, their bones are solid, allowing them to withstand the change in pressure while they dive. They breed during the Antarctic winter, when the female lays a single egg, leaving the male to incubate it. These birds typically live about 20 years in the wild.