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Anna's Hummingbird Tail Sonation by MissNysha Anna's Hummingbird Tail Sonation by MissNysha
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For CSUMB's Science Illustration Graduate Program: form and function assignment.

Also for BioIllustration's :iconbioillustration: contest: 1. Create an illustration in the scientific style highlighting an organism's unique or unusual characteristic.

Here I demonstrate the male Anna's Hummingbird spreading his tail at the bottom of his display dive to produce his signature "chirp" sound, which was originally thought to be vocal!

See supplemental videos of it here: [link] and [link]

Created in photoshop with the pen (vector) and brush tools, based on my own sketches. Made a clay model of the bird to help with the angle too!

Art copyright me. For my portfolio display only; please do not use without my permission.
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow. Great art, and I learned something new! I always thought that it was a vocalization!
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commonnighthawk Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Cool an excellent description of Anna's tail sonation. I have only heard this twice. It is amazing how loud the chirp that produce.
Have you seen the video on youtube showing it in live action?
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yes, it's very cool to see the videos of it in slow motion! :D I get Anna's hummingbirds doing this in my yard near the feeder I have up for them too. Most of the time you can hear the loud chirp before you see them. The Allen's hummingbird does a similar, but different sounding dive noise.
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Art3mis-X Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool fact, and nice illustration of the concept
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meihua Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Awesome illustration, I didn't know that :D
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JRigh Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Fascinating! Singing with their tails takes on a whole new meaning. lol :love:
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MissNysha Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Glad you enjoyed it!
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explodingheads Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember when PBS did a study on this.
Well done!
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MissNysha Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :3
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explodingheads Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime!
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool - would you like to submit this to Bioillustration's contest, as it fits one of the prompts? :meow:
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MissNysha Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh cool! Sure! Thanks for notifying me. :D
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