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Corvids Have Nasal Bristles PSA

Mostly because I can, and also because it is a pet peeve of mine.


Quote from: Madge, S. and Burn, H. 1999. Crows & Jays. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.…

Photo credits:

Black Currawong: JJ Harrison via Wikimedia Commons
Australian magpie: Aviceda via Wikimedia Commons

Blue Jay: DickDaniels via Wikimedia Commons
Green Jay: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons
Eurasian Jay: Mark Medcalf via Wikimedia Commons
Clark’s Nutcracker: Jason Popesku via Wikimedia Commons
Black-Billed Magpie: David Merrett via Wikimedia Commons
Green Magpie: Thomas Ruedas via Wikimedia Commons
Rufous Treepie: Jon Connell via Wikimedia Commons
Pander’s Ground-Jay: Alastair Rae via Wikimedia Commons
Alpine Chough: Ken Billington via Wikimedia Commons

Common Raven: David Hofmann via Wikimedia Commons
American Crow: cuatrok77 hernandez via Wikimedia Commons
Jackdaw: Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons
House Crow: J.M.Garg via Wikimedia Commons
Jungle Crow: aomorikuma via Wikimedia Commons
White-Billed Crow: Josep del Hoyo via The Internet Bird Collection
New Caledonian Crow: original author unknown via Google Search
Pied Crow: Lip Kee Yap via Wikimedia Commons
White-Necked Raven: Greg Hume via Wikimedia Commons
Thick-Billed Raven: original author unknown, via Wikimedia Commons
White-Necked Crow: ZankaM via Wikimedia Commons
Australian Raven: Brett Donald via Wikimedia Commons

Rook: Andreas Trepte
Grey Crow: Brian J. Coates via The Internet Bird Collection
Grey Crow: mehdhalaouate via The Internet Bird Collection
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Skye-Rhyder's avatar
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Bear-hybrid's avatar
I feel ya on the art pet peeve thing x3 I go bonkers when I see bears drawn with 4 toes and walking digitigrade.

Thanks for the useful PSA!
DeeperShallows's avatar
This was very informative as well as enlightening. I should read up more about birds before drawing them probably
TheNightmareVisions's avatar
Oh, and please, tell me: what is the function of the nasal bristles? 
TheNightmareVisions's avatar
What about the corvids like Cyanocorax cyanomelas or Cyanocorax caeruleus, the corvid family representatives from here Brazil? Their bristle is located at the forehead, not the beak, and it doesn't even cover their nostril.
Rahula87's avatar
Also Pinyon Jay does not have nasal bristles. This guide is really useful^^
SageKorppi's avatar
Yup, I noted that in the graphic (just under the treepie, ground-jay, and chough).

The pinyon jay genus name, Gymnorhinus means "bare nostril".

Though I do see I need to update the scientific name for the Aussie magpie and butcher bird...
Rahula87's avatar
Thank you for the info^^
tenko72's avatar
Ah! I didn't know that feature had a name. I was practicing drawing crows and I noticed and sketched those, but I had no idea they were a defining feature of corvids or that they covered the nose holes. Now, I know.
BlueFlamedPhoenix's avatar
Fantastic tutorial! I never noticed this about corvids but I will keep it it mind when I draw them now!
restlesshands's avatar
Saving this for future reference.

And now that I've been alerted to their existence, I'm now curious what function (if any) nasal bristles have.
OMG! I did not realize Jays were corvids as well. Thanks.
Willdabeast-0305's avatar
I think my crow/raven knowledge just increased by about x10

Also, I like how it says "Green Jay", even though the bird shown is extremely blue : )
SageKorppi's avatar
Haha, yeah, their heads are blue but the rest of the bird is quite green: [link]

One of my favorite jays!
Willdabeast-0305's avatar
Okay, now it makes sense. I thought it was just one of those things that didn't make sense, or that perhaps the guy who named them was named Green.

Excellent guide, by the way. Next time I draw a bird, I'll check to see if it has nasal bristles or not.
JuliaGraceArts's avatar
Very handy reference! Thanks!
caycowa's avatar
I learned something today. Thanks.
Pristichampsus's avatar
Of course, currawongs and aust magpies are in the "mud-nest" family, these are possubly related to the ancestors of crows, because crows apparently originated in Australia. Also, birds of paradise are descended from crows.
SageKorppi's avatar
Yup, but sharing a common ancestor doesn't make them corvids ;)
Pristichampsus's avatar
Of course not, I just thought you might get a kick out of knowing that they are a sucessful Australian export.
GhostInThePines's avatar
Thank you for doing this! It's also a pet peeve of mine, along with incorrect feathering in general!
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