With female Magnolia Warbler, Setophaga magnolia
This illustration was created to celebrate the life of Maya Angelou. In it a female magnolia warbler is seen flying away from a bird cage.
Female magnolia warblers can be identified with their gray face with white eye-ring and faint black streaks on flanks with two white-wing bars.
Why Scientific Illustration?
When illustrating birds, I always make sure to get the overall shape and beak characteristics correct first. I usually go on birding trips for native birds to study them in life and see how they carry their bodies and interact with one another. Each species seem to have their own “personal poses”! It is amazing to find so much variation in color and plumage even in the same species, so I average out the characteristics to prepare the final plate.
Exhibits, Uses, Collection
Featured in CNN iReport, June 2014
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