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.


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.

July 10, 2014 – Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)

Requested by: thesassybirder

These parrots are found in southeastern Australia, eastern Tasmania, and in New Zealand, where they are an introduced species. They can be seen in open woodlands, grasslands, farmland, and urban areas, such as parks and golf courses. Their diet is made up of plant materials, such as seeds, leaves, flowers, fruit and nectar, and some insects. Eastern Rosellas mate for life, nesting in tree hollows, where the female incubates the eggs while the male feeds her.

Sorry It’s taking me a little while to reply to all of the requests. I’ve been copying them all down and I’ll be sure to get back to everyone. There have been so many great suggestions and I’m excited to do all of them.

burkeshelley replied to your post“It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve done all the birds…”

little bee-eater? or maybe a loggerhead shrike

I’ll definitely add the little bee-eater to my list. I have done a loggerhead shrike but it was awhile ago, here’s the link: http://renatagrieco.tumblr.com/post/86931509914/may-11-2014-loggerhead-shrike-lanius

astockdoveisacompactpigeon replied to your post“What about a wood duck or a peacock, I think they are both very colorful and interesting!”

A green heron??

I’d be happy to draw a green heron. I actually just drew a few different herons and egrets for another (small) bird related project I will probably be sharing soon.

July 9, 2014 – Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua)

Requested by: heatherdawn

Gentoo Penguins live on the Antarctic Peninsula and many islands around Antarctica. They prefer ice-free areas, where they gather in colonies, sometimes including thousands of birds. Underwater, they can reach speeds of 22 mph (36 km/h) and can dive as deep as 655 feet (200 meters). Both parents incubate and care for chicks in a nest they build from rocks, moss, grass, and feathers. Gentoo Penguins are classified as Near Threatened. Their population is increasing in Antarctica, but declining on several islands. 

thanks2banks replied to your post:It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve…

Abacus cockatoo!

Hmmm, I’m having trouble finding that one, did you mean the Umbrella Cockatoo? If not, just let me know, I’m happy to draw any cockatoo 🙂

drbogenbroom replied to your post:It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve…

Nicobar pigeon!!!

I have that bird up already, here’s the link: http://renatagrieco.tumblr.com/post/89094623524/june-2-2014-nicobar-pigeon-caloenas I would offer to draw a female, but apparently they look the same, just a little smaller 🙂 Feel free to request another bird if you’d like to.

the-mad-hatteress replied to your post:It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve…

Three wattled bellbirds are really cool, you should do one of those

I just learned about bellbirds a few months ago, they’re amazing and so cool looking! I’ve added them to my list.

cerests replied to your post:It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve…

java sparrow?

Great! I love their black, white, and grey feathers.

tieltavern replied to your post:It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve…

I love your blog 🙂 Have you done a northern flicker? They’re hard to find where I live and when I was a little kid, my grandpa would always point them out to me. Good memories 🙂

Thanks! I’ve been enjoying your blog too 🙂 I haven’t drawn a flicker yet, so I’ll definitely add it to the list. I love hearing bird stories like this one!

It’s about time for some more bird requests! I’ve done all the birds on my list, including a few family requests, so any and all birds are welcome. (Just a reminder, if you haven’t seen your request on the blog yet it’s because of my posting delay, it will go up in the next two weeks or so. If you don’t see it in that period, definitely send me an ask, as that would mean I’ve missed something.)

You can use the search bar on the blog to see whether or not I’ve done a particular bird yet. I know it doesn’t always work perfectly though, so if you’re not sure you can always ask me anyway and I’ll let you know.

Your requests have really made this project better. I love how people keep coming up with birds I wasn’t aware of, it gives me a chance to discover new birds and learn a bit about them. The requests for more familiar birds are great too. I often get a request for one that hadn’t occurred to me to draw and end up appreciating it even more after drawing it!