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The Kirin Moon-Sickle
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Published: October 27, 2008
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The Kirin Moon-Sickle bird of paradise

The Kirin Moon-Sickle bird of paradise, found in the Tamao islands, is perhaps the showiest of all moon-sickles. Named after the Japanese kirin both for its mythological sacredness to the Tamaoan people, and its resemblance of their representation of the kirin. Unlike other birds of paradise, the Tamaoan people refuse to hunt the Kirin Moon-Sickle, despite it's magnificent breeding plumage. Those birds found killed from the predation of other animals, who dead for other reasons, are given formal burial rights. It is thought that the spirits of Kirin Moon-Sickle go on to become royal Kirin in the afterlife.

The Kirin Moon-Sickle lives almost entirely off the crimson berry-reeds and the insects that are found upon them, which fruit all year round. Despite these berries being poisonous to all other birds, the Kirin Moon-Sickle is actually the berry-reed's primary pollinator.

Here the Kirin Moon-Sickle is shown with a potential mate, in its rarely glimpsed circle pose, the final display before successful courtship. This pose shows off its most ornate head plumage, and unbroken iridescence.

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21 x 29.7 cm (or 8.3 x 11.7 in)
Crescent Illustrator's Board, Fineliner, Aquarelle, Metallic + Iridescent Acrylic, Pencil.
Image size
2784x2000px 8.32 MB
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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This is such a graceful and bold work of art... I'm nearly speechless. Such intricacy and attention to detail... this must have taken you days! :wow:

I'd love to favorite everything in your Gallery, but that would take forever!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
It took me a while, but it was a lot of fun! I need to do some more of these birds of paradise. :D
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JozuanHobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow. Just wow...
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hi!your work is featured in my journal:)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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thank you for the info!and what a wonderful drawing!
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WOW wow wow wow wow wow wow.. WOW!! amazing!! :worship:
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconballoonsplz::iconyouarewelcomeplz:
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AriadeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty work, I love the Coloring and the many many details
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Whoa! Most beautiful. Too beautiful. <3 A favourite indeed.

May I inquire if this bird is real or fictional? I know quite a bit about birds of paradise (though I'm no expert, not at all), but I've never heard of this species. Do you know if it goes by other names? My searches give me nothing...
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
It's totally fictional - the whole series is. :)
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I love how you made the leaves in this one!
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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This is absolutely stunning. The colors and textures are so incredibly RICH! I love how bold the reds and golds are against the blacks.
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Though the scan doesn't do it justice, this is one of my favourite pictures of 2008.
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ScurvySimonHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! I love the composition of the picture - the placement of the leaves/plants seems so perfect. Wonderful colours too, especially on the birds.
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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