September 7, 2014 - Pied Lapwing or Pied Plover (Vanellus cayanus)

Requested by: catsi-spiders

These birds are found in parts of Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina along salt and freshwater shores. They eat insects and snails, running along the sand and stopping suddenly to search for their prey. Adults sometimes feign injury to distract predators from the nest, which is a small scrape in the ground.

September 6, 2014 - Pacific Parrotlet, Lesson’s Parrotlet, Celestial Parrotlet, or Pocket Parrot (Forpus coelestis)

Requested by: when-worlds-collide96

These small parrots are found in northwestern Peru and on the Pacific coast of Ecuador. They eat seeds, cactus, berries, and other plant material. Females are mostly green, while males have blue rumps and wing patches, and a darker blue streak behind their eyes. They nest in cavities in trees and fence posts, or in the abandoned nests of several other bird species. Both parents care for the chicks. Pacific Parrotlets are common in captivity, where many different color mutations have been bred.

I love these little birds. Several years ago I saw two of them at a pet store with a hatch date of September 6, I really wanted to get them, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to give them a good home at the time. Drawing this on their hatch date, I was thinking of them and hoping they’ve found someone to take good care of them.

September 5, 2014 - Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

These warblers are found in most of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. They are mostly migratory, although there are several year-round resident populations in the Southern U.S. and Mexico. Flying insects, ants, caterpillars, and other larvae make up most of their diet. Brown-headed Cowbirds are common brood parasites of yellowthroats. Because of this, yellowthroats desert their nests if they find cowbird eggs in them, or if their eggs have been removed or damaged by a cowbird. They may also build a new nest over the original.

September 4, 2014 - Spice Finch, Nutmeg Mannikin, Spotted Munia or Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Requested by: remotecitadel

These finches are found in open areas of South and Southeast Asia, with feral populations in Australia and the Americas. They are extremely social, foraging in flocks and roosting communally. They eat mostly seeds and some small berries. Males and females look similar, but the male sings a quiet song and performs a courtship dance. They are common in captivity.

longobird said:

 ooooh! so cute! i have a dutch blue lovebird and i would be delighted if you could add a dutch blue to your queue :)

I’m glad you like them! I’d be happy to draw a dutch blue, they’re really a beautiful color.

veganprimatologist replied to your post:Have you done lovebirds or cockatiels?

I would love to see more parrots, especially more macaws! I think a military macaw done by you would be excellent. And hyacinths, oh my gosh.

Hyacinths are so beautiful! I’ve always been fascinated by them. The Military macaw will be fun too, I’m always happy to draw some parrots!

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hipsterarpaca asked:

Could you do a Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus), a Green-cheeked parakeet (Pyrrhura molinae), or a Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri)? Thank you!

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Definitely! I’d never heard of the Pesquet’s Parrot before, they look so interesting!

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longobird asked:

Have you done lovebirds or cockatiels?

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I’ve done a normal grey male Cockatiel, a Peach-faced Lovebird, and a blue Masked Lovebird, but I know a lot of people (including me!) really like those species, so if you’d like to see any of the other color mutations for either of them I’d be happy to draw them. Just let me know which ones, or whether you want me to pick, and I’ll add them to the list!

karrikut replied to your post:Recently saw a pic of the Marvelous Spatuletail… Can it be added to your never-ending list? :)

Have you done Isabelline shrike, bare-faced go-away-birds, long-tailed whydah, orange bishop? For water birds, fulvous whistling-duck, Cassin’s auklet, wandering albatross, parasitic Jaeger, tricolored heron? I’m on my phone so I can’t check

Those are some great birds! The only one I’ve done already is the wandering albatross, so I’ll add all the others to my list.

astockdoveisacompactpigeon replied to your post:Recently saw a pic of the Marvelous Spatuletail… Can it be added to your never-ending list? :)

I keep star finches so it’d be neat to see them. They are desert/grass finches. Hawfinches are lovely too, i have done paintings of these and found them good fun

Those are both really beautiful finches, adding them to the list!

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thegrish asked:

Have you done a coot? If you're looking for water birds, that's one I'd love to see :>

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I haven’t, I’ll definitely add them to the list!

September 3, 2014 - Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

These stilts live in wetlands of the western United States, Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of South America. They eat aquatic invertebrates and small fish, which they sometimes trap by herding into shallow water. Both parents construct the nest, making a shallow scrape and lining it with grass, pebbles, shells, and bones. The Hawaiian subspecies of the Black-necked Stilt, called the Ae’o, is endangered due to habitat loss and hunting.

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the-sanguine-cynic asked:

Recently saw a pic of the Marvelous Spatuletail... Can it be added to your never-ending list? :)

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Absolutely! Those hummingbirds are incredible, I’d love to draw one. My list is actually not too long right now, so I’m happy to take some requests. I’m especially low on water and grassland/desert birds at the moment, although all birds are welcome, as always.