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Feathered Jewels- A tropical bird rainbow by Roses-and-Feathers Feathered Jewels- A tropical bird rainbow by Roses-and-Feathers
Inspired by :icontruffulagirl: 's rainbow-of birds deviation [link]

Since I'm a HUGE bird fan and know many MANY birds species, I've decided to give it a shot- with the regular seven colours of the rainbow :D

And going by habitat theme- these birds are all tropical. and I've roughly tried drawing them to scale, so forgive if sizes aren't accurate.


Red: King bird of Paradise. I LOVE birds of paradise in general, andthis lovely red one is no exception. <3 [link]

Orange: Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Funny name, but I can see- it looks very rooster like in a way. [link]

Yellow: Golden Conure/Queen-of-Bavaria Conure. Oh Gosh! These conures are so cute! Well, conures and the other members of the parrot family ARE cute in general to me, but seeing vids of these guys- well, they are known for their playfulness, but actually seeing them being playful is just a joy. They are pretty rare though- one of the rarest parrot species. Yes, the head bobbing of the one I drew was inspired after seeing this cute vid. [link]

Green: Resplendent Quetzal. Ever since I laid my eyes on these birds in one of my dad's old nature magazines at a very young age, I immediately fell in love with them. <3 Too bad they are REALLY vanishing very badly due to deforestation and hunting for thier feathers...:( [link]

Blue: Lovely Cotinga. Coming from the same family as the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, this bright blue and purple fruit-eating bird lives up to its name. Though I didn't draw the tail of the one in this pic because cotingas often have short tails- this species included..... [link]

Indigo: Red-Legged Honeycreeper. A beautiful Nectar loving species from Mexico. Just love its colour scheme <3 [link]

Amethyst or Violet-backed starling. An African starling that REALLY lives up to mainly its former name (Shiny purple like an Amethyst). Also one of the fewer birds that is primarily a shiny bright purple colour (next to the violet sabrewing hummingbird. I noticed most birds have patches of purple on them rather than have purple as a prominent colour). Oh and for some fun facts: the starling family have an enzyme in their gut that can break down alcohol much more quickly compared to humans. Meaning they don't get drunk easily and can live on fermented fruit besides fresh fruit.
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The Quetzal and Amethyst/Violet-backed Starling's feathers are highlighted to empathize the iridescence of their feathers in real life.

Other facts:
6 out of 7 of the birds in the picture are New World (New Guinea, South and Central American) birds, with the exception of the Starling, which is an African (Old World) Species. :D :D :D
6 out of 7 of the birds in this pic exhibit sexual dimorphism (differences in colouring and appearance/shape between the genders) in their species- with the males being more colourful than the females. Most parrots, including the golden conure show no difference in appearance between the male and female.

Enjoy :D :D

Idea inspired by :icontruffulagirl:

Picture drawn by me
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stars-in-well Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
O, a true rainbow! It's very interesting to learn about them^^
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks :D

I've always loved birds since I was little <3
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AmandaBicall Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Makes me wish I could go to Rio:D
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Anime-iac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of that movie Rio:D
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Rio is one of my fave CGI recent films. Not since Paulie (one of my fave 90s movies) have they done another film with a parrot lead.

Also: a couple of these species shown in the pic ARE from the area of Rio (mainly the Quetzal and the golden Conure).
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Anime-iac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Forgive me for saying this, but when I first saw this drawing, I thought it was a fan art of Rio.
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
No, these are real bird species from the tropics chosen to make a rainbow. (There's even links to thier vids and such in the description), but I forgive you.
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Anime-iac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you:hug:
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Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
I just wished people read more books and saw more documentaries these days....*sigh*
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Anime-iac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just wish Hollywood would have more original stories and imagination.

These days, I can't even watch the IFC channel because they sold themselves out by putting commercials between each scene of movies.
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