April 11 Book Update

The next animal in this book is the paradise rifflebird! I chose this for the black colored bird because it is the one of the darkest black birds there is! It’s feathers are a shade of black known as Vantablack. The superb birds-of-paradise technically have more vantablack on them, but they are so weird lookingContinue reading “April 11 Book Update”

How to draw an Umbrella Bird

When I first heard the name Umbrella Bird I expected a strange bird, but this birds shape still managed to be unexpected. It’s strange feathers caught my eye, and I knew it had to be in the book. It may not be colorful, but it’s a lot of fun to draw. Without further Ado, here’sContinue reading “How to draw an Umbrella Bird”

How to draw a Quetzal

The Quetzal is a very colorful and beautiful bird. The background on this drawing tutorial had to be purple because it is the only solid color where nothing blends into the background. This is also one of the few animals in the book that did not require any shading to look right, because the iridescentContinue reading “How to draw a Quetzal”

Ultra Umbrellabirds

As soon as I saw the goofy name of the umbrellabirds I knew that they had to be in the book. Umbrellabirds are found in Central and South American rain-forests. Despitetheir monochromatic black feathers, they are easily recognizable by theirumbrella shaped crest and long wattle. The wattle hanging down the front isinflatable and meant toContinue reading “Ultra Umbrellabirds”

Queenly Quetzals

There aren’t many animals that start with the letter Q, but all of them are pretty incredible. The options are quail, quokka (kwaa·kuh) , quoll (kwaal), and quetzal(kuht·saal, plural:kwet·zlz). To be honest it was a really hard decision. Quail is the one everyone thinks of first, so that one was out. Quolls are cool marsupials,Continue reading “Queenly Quetzals”

Neat Nightingales

Nightingales are a prime example of the old saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Slightly larger than the average robin, the nightingale’s plain brown plumage doesn’t make it a particularly eye catching bird. While they don’t have anything physically to make them stand out among birds, they are famous for their melodious songs.Continue reading “Neat Nightingales”

Cool Cassowaries

Cassowaries are another animal that has captured my imagination ever since I first heard of them. So I knew they had to be included in the book as well. There is something about this dinosaur-like wild creature that is fascinating. Cassowaries are a keystone species in rain-forests in New Guinea and other nearby islands. TheyContinue reading “Cool Cassowaries”