Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Avian Alphabet Colouring Book - A and B

My latest project, as you may have noticed, is a colouring book. For the theme, I have chosen birds - specifically Families, and in some cases, Genus.

I have done the best I can to keep the sizes of the birds in proportion to one another.

For A I chose Auks:

 Auks are a Family of birds that make their home in the Northern Hemisphere - a Family that includes Auks, Auklets, Guillemots, Murrelets and my personal favourite, Puffins. They range in size from the Great Auk (flightless and sadly extinct) to the Little Auk. Although they bear a superficial resemblance to penguins, they are not related and this is an example of convergent evolution. All the extant species are capable of flight, and use their wings to "fly" underwater. They are not quite as dept a swimmer as the Penguins.

Bustards are large plains dwelling birds that make their home in steppe type environments across Europe, Asia, Africa and also Australia. The Great Bustard and the Kori Bustard joust for the status of "largest flying bird", with the Great Bustard being the heavier of the pair. Species include Bustards, Korhaans and Florican.

C was going to be for Corvids - a vast family that contains ravens, crows, jackdaws, jays, magpie-jays, scrub-jays, treepies and magpies.However, I think there are just too many for me to do in one go, and it will be better for me to separate out the Genus Jays under "J" (Jays being more colourful than the others). This means, I'm afraid, no crows or ravens - then again, with them being pretty much black, it's not the most interesting page to colour anyway!

So, for C I think I shall do Cranes instead.

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