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Tawny Frogmouth as Totem - 02 by Ravenari Tawny Frogmouth as Totem - 02 by Ravenari
Another one of my personal guides. You can read more about tawny frogmouth here: [link]

Tawny Frogmouth as Totem

The tawny frogmouth is a nocturnal bird with mottled grey or brown plumage that is excellent for camouflage on grey and brown trees. This is highlighted by the frogmouth's ability to extend its body to resemble a broken off tree branch. It closes its eyes to hide its startling red or orange eyes, but has even evolved two nicks in its eyelids to help it see while camouflaged. During the night they will attack potential predators by diving at them and clacking their beak together loudly.

Frogmouths have wide gapes, hence the name 'frogmouth.' They eat arthropods, small vertebrates and snails. Frogmouths nest between tree forks, and though the male incubates by day, both sexes will share incubation at night. They have broad wings and primary feathers fringed to help them fly silently. They are sadly quite slow to take off and are often harmed and killed in car collisions. They can make a very bass-like 'oom' noise, and will hiss if disturbed.

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18.5 x 20.5cm (or 7.4 x 8 in)
illo's board, fineliner, aquarelle, pencil, metallic and iridescent paint
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Draconicat Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Just beautiful!
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. =) The blues and pinks look lovely, and I really like the texture of the feathers.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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GhettoDracula Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
I take a glance at this almost every time I stop by the site. I'm very fond of it. I really like the textures of the feathers.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Woot! :D
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tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
beautiful! ur totem series opens me to a whole new world of animals! coz ive never seen almost all of the animals in ur series.. thank you!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you so much for your kind words!
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tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
:icondance-4u: my pleasure.. :iconpwincessnaveera:
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Snowstar346 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Oooo wow! :wow: :love: :boogie: The feathers are incredible! I WUV IT! :heart: :D :clap:
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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