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Bird Panoply by EWilloughby Bird Panoply by EWilloughby
36 small bird illustrations for work.

Proof that I can draw extant dinosaurs too!

A cookie for anyone who can name all 36 species. They're all very common birds of the eastern US.

Many of these poses are loosely referenced from creative commons images.
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:iconwolfwings1:
wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Also love the usage of extant dinosaur :>  I usualy use the term modern.
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wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
really neat stuff :>
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shanghai birder taking a shot..
From left to right, 
Feral Rock Dove, Turkey Vulture, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, Laughing Gull, House Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, European/Common Starling, Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Phoebe?, Canada Goose, Downy Woodpecker, American Crow, Western Bluebird?,White-throated Sparrow, American Robin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Mallard, Common Grackle, Great Blue Heron, American Goldfinch, House Finch, and the North American equivalent of our cuckoo, the Brown-headed Cowbird.

Now I'm going to sit back and wait as I'm proved completely wrong. 
No, I disagree! 
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
You got every one except the western blue (it's actually an eastern!). Very nice work. 

Incidentally, I'm currently doing a set of watercolor bird paintings for the natural history museum in Shanghai, so if you want to stick around for a few weeks you'll see a lot more familiar birds on this account. :)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see them :) Good luck!
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful!!!
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muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Absolutely beautiful work. I love the integration of linework and colours, it really makes them pop out of the background!
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:iconspongebobfossilpants:
Am I the only one who initially read "bushtit" as "bullshit"?
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nope, you're not. :D
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, many of those birds live in my place! :D
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novablue Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!
I can name a few of them... but only the ones that are also found here in Sweden *grin*
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm interested in hearing the ones that live in Sweden, if you wouldn't mind!
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novablue Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! This will be good training for me also, trying to remember their English names... Mind you, the subspecies is probably wrong. It seems our birds are usually Eurasian and don't mingle with their American counterparts much, so they are not the exact same species... but close(ish)!

The ones I recognize (with a note the subspecies is probably not correct):
- Pidgeon
- Wren
- (Common?) Gull
- Starling
- Canada goose (introduced species)
- Crow... kind of... our native crow is the Hooded crow but you can find black crows at the Southern tip of the country, sometimes
- House sparrow (very common!)
- Mallard
- Heron

There are also some birds that look very similar to our birds but have some differences so that I can tell that they are not the same species, but I assume close related... These would be:
- The black-headed gull looks very similar to a species we have that is named... well, Black-headed gull lol. Just slightly different markings.
- The Nuthatch looks different from ours, but close enough that I can see that they are related, the basic shape is the same, basic colours are the same but markings somewhat different
- The tit next to the Nuthatch likewise looks similar to a species we have named the Coal tit
- The Kingfisher shows similarities as well
- As does the Dove, which reminds me (but is not identical to) our Eurasian collared dove
- The yellow/black sparrow looks very similar to one of our birds but I can't remember its name...
- The 2nd to last one reminds me a bit of a linnet

For a bunch of them I can recognize the general shape as a type of bird we have here (eg the thrush) but our species are different, as well :)

Hope that helps!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the info. :) Most of those are indeed the same families as the birds shown here (sometimes same genus), but different actual species.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
The black crows living at the tip of Sweden are Carrion crows and not American crows like this one :) There is hardly any way to tell them apart, though :P Same with the heron; this one's a Great blue heron while we have the Grey heron :D
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Rock dove, Turkey vulture, Ruby-throated hummingbird, Tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, Northern mockingbird, Red-tailed hawk, Herring gull? , Laughing gull, Wren?, White-breasted nuthatch, Black-capped chickadee, Belted kingfisher, Bald sea eagle, Common starling, Mourning dove, Cowbird don't know this one, Grey catbird, Canada goose, Downy woodpecker, American crow, Eastern bluebird, White-throated sparrow, American robin, Red-bellied woodpecker, Blue jay, Northern cardinal, No idea other than some kind of sparrow XD, House sparrow, Red-winged blackbird, Mallard, Common grackle/Boat-tailed grackle, Great blue heron, American goldfinch, Housefinch, Brown-headed cowbird.

Well, a reasonable score I'd say, especially for someone who has never set foot in America :lol: Absolutely stunning paintings though - every single one of them is amazing :heart:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
For someone who hasn't visited the States, I'd say that's an AMAZING score. :D I wouldn't be able to name more than a handful of birds from Europe.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
After looking at the other comments I did see I got some more wrong, but thanks! :D It's all thanks to dA really; I get to see so many bird species on here :)
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FatCaiman Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful! Are you planning on illustrating any more birds in the future? :) They all look nearly perfect, except I think the face of the Red-tailed Hawk looks a little off, somehow...I think it could be the shape of the head, the eye placement, or both. ^^; Hope you don't mind the critique. :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) I'm not planning on doing more bird illustrations in the immediate future (too much other stuff to do right now), but I would certainly jump at a chance to if offered again. And yeah, the set the red-tail belongs to was kind of rushed, I admit that I was pretty pressed for time for some of these and could have spent a lot more time on most of them. The bald eagle, pigeon and kingfishers also look unfortunately rushed to my eyes.
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Zerictardusted Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Oh wow. That's really lovely. (:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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Voidrae Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O I CAN!
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yay!
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e11e-k Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
wow this is a lot of work!
it looks great all stacked up like this.
are these going to be published?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) And yes, in a manner of speaking.
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WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
YAYYY :boogie: I'm so happy you did this! Alright, time to see how well my many years of bird-nuttery serves me. Here goes from left to right:
Rock dove, Turkey Vulture, Ruby-throated hummingbird, Tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, Northern mockingbird, Red-tailed hawk, This is a tough one because for whatever reason I can’t properly see the colours on the lower mandible, but if it’s black, I’ll say Ring-billed gull, if red, I’ll say Herring gull. Carrying on: Laughing gull (Again, hard to see the bill colour, but I think it's reddish? Almost said Franklin’s, but the bill is too big, I think), House wren, White-breasted nuthatch, Black-capped chickadee, Belted kingfisher, Bald eagle, European starling, Mourning dove, Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern phoebe, Canada goose, Downy woodpecker, American crow, Eastern bluebird, White-throated sparrow, American robin, Red-bellied woodpecker, Blue jay, Northern cardinal, Song sparrow, House sparrow, Red-winged blackbird, Mallard, Common grackle, Great blue Heron, American goldfinch, House finch, Brown-headed cowbird.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice! Herring gull is right. There is a red spot, which should be more visible on the full-size download view (didn't want to stress out my viewers with a 3600 pixel-wide image). Laughing gull is also correct. All the others are also correct! Good to see a fellow bird-brain on here. ;) Though I never would have guessed by your username and frequent bird uploads or anything. =p
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WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Woo! Ah, so it is red! I still blame my laptop. But yes, I really keep my interest in birds on the down-low, because I like to be, you know, mysterious. :P
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blackstormwarrior Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the Rockwall Pidgin, Blue Jay, and Cardinals. (The only ones I can identify from first glance.)
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. You've done an excellent job with this. ^^
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Spikeheila Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i thought these were photos when i first peeked at the thumbnail
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Senav Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Alright, the ones I think I know, in order:

pigeon, turkey vulture, ruby throated hummingbird, red-tailed hawk, herring gull, black-headed gull?, nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, kingfisher, bald eagle, starling, mourning dove maybe?, canada goose, downy woodpecker?, crow, eastern bluebird, some kinda sparrow, american robin, I should know this woodpecker but I don't, bluejay, cardinal, one of these guys is a house sparrow?, mallard, grackle?, blue heron, american goldfinch.

I can't identify most small birds to save my life, it seems.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Save the black-headed gull (is actually a laughing gull), those are all correct, in any case. :)
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful!
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this is amazing! They look as if you didn't need a camera if you get what I am saying. Say any plans to do the Lord God Bird? :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
No plans to do any additional birds at this moment, but I would love to do a woodpecker series at some point. :)
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WolfWalker Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, this brings back memories of my college Ornithology class for Wildlife Management! I had to learn so many birds by sight/sound/behavior that now they're just burned into my memory, lol. The college is in Ohio (where I grew up), so I am very familiar with the birds listed here. It's nice to see something so common to my area like this. =) I guess I'm used to looking at exotic animal artwork. But this image is really awesome to me because it reminds me of home. ^^
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AltairSky Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in europe, so I don't know all of the american native birds but I'll give it a try!
I'll go with the latin names because they are universal.
1 Columba livia domestica
2 Cathartes aura
3 Archilochus colubris
4 Baeolophus bicolor
5 Troglodytes troglodytes
6 I have seen this before but I can't remember the name
7 Buteo jamaicensis
8 Larus delawarensis
9 Creagrus furcatus
10 another kind of wren?
11 no idea
13 Poecile atricapillus
14 Megaceryle alcyon
15 Haliaeetus leucocephalusł
16 Sturnus vulgaris
17 Zenaida macroura
18 fff, I've seen this before but I don't know the name
19 some kind of flycatcher but I don't know what. It looks much like the european Muscicapa striata
20 Branta canadensis
21 Picoides pubescens
22 Corvus corax
23 Sialia mexicana
24 Regulus satrapa maybe? It reminds me that bird, but the yellow spot is in the wrong place.
25 Turdus migratorius
26 Melanerpes carolinus
27 Cyanocitta cristata
28 Cardinalis cardinalis
29 maybe Melospiza melodia? This also looks a lot like our Emberiza calandra
30 Definitely Passer domesticus, like the strling it is a pest in America, native in Europe.
31 Agelaius assimilis
32 Anas platyrhynchos
33 Lamprotornis Chalybaeus
34 Ardea cinerea
35 Carduelis tristis
36 Carpodacus mexicanus
37 Chrysomus ruficapillus

woops I messed up the numbers lol.
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
11 is Sitta carolinensis, or White-breasted Nuthatch for those who don't know what we are talking about. Also the Ardea heron is that of the species of herodias (Great Blue Heron). The two are very similar, but your heron is slightly a bit smaller than our's here in America. 6 is a Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos; I seen them a lot by my high school). The flycatcher is some species of the kingbird genus Tyrannus. The rest are good, so for a first try not bad :)
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AltairSky Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^_^
I always focused more on birds from my area so this was a good way to freshen up
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
They look wonderful!
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Empa85 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning Emily just fucking amazing! :heart:
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Baurusuchus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Beautiful work. Most of these birds I can see on an average walk through my local suburbs and a quick jaunt to the nearby reservations or estuary would certainly yield the remainders, it's awesome to see the dinosaurs most personally familiar to me so neatly rendered and organized.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. There were a lot of fairly common birds I wanted to include, but had to omit due to time constraints. It was difficult to narrow them down to 36!
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know 34 of them, is that close enough... XD
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's pretty damn good! Out of curiosity, which two did you not know?
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that I look at the comments, it was the Bonaparte's gull and bushtit.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
The laughing gull and the eastern phoebe, you mean. ;)
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah,, that. XD
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