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Red-Faced Mousebird

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The Red-Faced Mousebird, Urocolius indicus, is very common in South Africa, even considered a pest, for destroying fruits and leaves of many trees.  But it's actually a charming little bird!  Mousebirds only occur in Africa, and there are six recognized species.  The name is apt, since they are very mouselike: grey, with soft, hair-like plumage, long, narrow tails, and a habit of clambering and scurrying through vegetation.  They're very social, usually occurring in small flocks.  Acrylic painting.
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CanoScan 4400F
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I love mousebirds! I really like how you posed it in this prickly bush; it often surprises me when birds and other animals are able to live comfortably in such a hostile environment
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Mousebirds are great!  The environment isn't actually that hostile ... we just get many prickly trees and bushes over here, and they are excellent for giving protection for birds and small mammals.
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You are very welcome!

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Both a beautiful and educational drawing, I love it!
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Thanks very much!
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Beautiful exacuted drawing, very old skool method.. I like your other pieces as well.
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Thank you!  I aim for the style of illustrators back when animal books had more illustrations than photos ...
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Now this is one I've never seen a lookalike of. Definitely a cute bird, though! And for some reason I really enjoy the way you rendered the acacia thorns.
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So beautiful work! :)
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Thanks very much!
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I like the feel of this! almost a fierce-ness. You have this creature among the thorns nonchantly. Your subtle color choices emphasise these characteristics in my opinion.
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Glad you like, many thanks!
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