Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×



Details

Submitted on
June 13, 2013
Image Size
142 KB
Resolution
800×600
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
665 (1 today)
Favourites
8 (who?)
Comments
16
Downloads
0
×
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.
[link]

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
Add a Comment:
 
:iconstars-in-well:
stars-in-well Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
O, a true rainbow! It's very interesting to learn about them^^
Reply
:iconroses-and-feathers:
Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks :D

I've always loved birds since I was little <3
Reply
:iconamandabicall:
AmandaBicall Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Makes me wish I could go to Rio:D
Reply
:iconanime-iac:
Anime-iac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of that movie Rio:D
Reply
:iconroses-and-feathers:
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).
Reply
:iconanime-iac:
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.
Reply
:iconroses-and-feathers:
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.
Reply
:iconanime-iac:
Anime-iac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you:hug:
Reply
:iconroses-and-feathers:
Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
I just wished people read more books and saw more documentaries these days....*sigh*
Reply
:iconanime-iac:
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.
Reply
:iconroses-and-feathers:
Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh and by the way, not all overused ideas are bad- it depends on how people execute them. But I agree with you on how Hollywood is running out of ideas.

PS: this is what irritates me too: people do unoriginal love story between wolves with bad excecution (Alpha and Omega) it gets lots of fans despite being bad by critics.
People do a love story between 2 birds in not a usual setting (Rio) and better execution ( though still not perfect)- I don't see anyone raving over it.

And coming from someone who is a long time bird fan and is irritated by online wolfaboos- I find this an annoying double standard.
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconroses-and-feathers:
Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeah. Avatar and those wish-fufilment teen flicks come to mind. *Vomits* Avatar especially SCREAMS cliches. But maybe watch some foreign cinema- unless you don't like subtitles.
Reply
(1 Reply)
:icontoxicwyvern:
ToxicWyvern Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice expansion of the original idea. I just got an idea for a picture that I'll do when I have time. :)

I never noticed how rare purple birds were until you mentioned it. I wonder why that is? I read somewhere that birds that have blue shades don't get their colors from blue pigment (their feathered blend light in such a away that they reflect blue light) Since purple comes from mixing blue and red, that might have something to do with it.
Reply
:iconroses-and-feathers:
Roses-and-Feathers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks :hug: :D :D

Hmmm, now that you mentioned it- you do have a point. Also, I noticed even those with the words 'violet' in the name (violet tailed Sylph hummingbird, sparkling violet-ear hummingbird) have their violet parts shine blue or indigo at other angles rather than a plum-purple colour.
Reply
Add a Comment: