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Male Birds-of-Paradise, in repose (top) and on display (bottom)

Left to right: "Le Sifilet" [the Western or Arfak Parotia] - Parotia sefilata, Superb Bird-of-Paradise - Lophorina superba , Le Nébuleux” [The Nebulous Bird-of-Paradise] - ??

Despite their incredibly different outward appearances, the Birds-of-Paradise are all very closely related. We know this because of their skeletal similarities, and, these days, their genetic similarities.

However, their close affiliation to one another genetically has also caused problems in pinning down the exact number of species in the family Paradisaeidae, as it turns out that within each of the fourteen genus, the species are able to (and occasionally naturally do) cross-breed with one another. This wild cross-breeding is believed to be the source of many of the specimens and illustrated birds that have never again, or very rarely, been seen in the wild.

An example of this cross-breeding is shown above, at right. The "Nebulous Bird-of-Paradise" is thought to either be a misrepresented Twelve-Wired Bird-of-Paradise (unlikely, given Jacques Barraband's reputation as an ornithological illustrator), or a cross between two species living in nearby ranges of New Guinea. As the ranges of many different species and genus overlapped at the time of the specimens being gathered, it’s unknown which two would have created such a bird, or whether it would have been fertile (most wild cross-breeds of birds-of-paradise are). Genetic tests may give us the answers to these questions in the future.

Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et rolliers. Francois Levaillant, illustrated by Jacques Barraband, 1806.

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THERE WAS A LEVIN AT OTAKON’S FIRE EMBLEM SHOOT ON FRIDAY and I am still screaming internally (and a little bit externally, let’s be real)

I got a picture of Levin in front of the Tir Na Nog restaurant in Baltimore to appease my Jugdral nerdery, and some pictures of Eirika (levail) and Ephraim (writerguy) with him too. :D

(also friendly reminder that levail is really cool wow I felt like a dork the whole time but it was really fun to hang out)

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Fire Emblem photoshoot at CTCon 2014, part 2! Again, it’s been like a month since the con but I didn’t get around to uploading them until now, sooo…

Lucina: me (paradoxical-pumpkins)
Eirika: levail
Lyon: songofaphoenix
Marth: AuxilliaryElement
Light brown-haired Tactician: arubboth

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//So I’m finally back from Otakon…finALLY.  It was so much fun especially being behind the table at Artist Alley where I got to meet new people and make new friends with artists and fans alike! Everyone was so friendly and nice! Especially to see their reactions on my sister’s and my art. So I want to thank everyone who stopped by our table, said Hi and bought from us! We really appreciate it! ;v;

Also as you can see I was hard at work, thus my disappearance from Tumblr activity over the course of the past 5 days or so. Time to dust off the blog a bit and get back to it! But first I’d like to share a few pictures from the FE photoshoot that happened at the convention, there are many pictures that eventually I’ll make a second post for so the rest will be under the cut:

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Ask Game!!!!!!
I was tagged by tea-serving-dalek
Here are the rules:

1. Always post the rules

2. Answer the questions the person asked then write 11 more

3. Tag 11 more people and add links to their blog

4. Actually tell them you tagged them


1. What would your dragon look like? (This is a very real questions guys.)
My dragon would have fur. And the fur would be fire resistant so whatever s/he sheds I will weave or knit or something and have fire resistant clothing and I would match my dragon. Also I would braid her (it’s a she for now) hair when I’m bored or nervous and it would be great

2. What’s your favourite way to spend summer?

Inside. On the computer. Or I guess outside with a good book. But I don’t like weather so…

3. What’s your favourtie winter sport (None of you live in australia I know all your secrets dont test me)
Ice skating. It’s almost as beautiful as ballet. As well as u can go super fast

4. If you could have an unlimited number of pets how many dogs would you have? (Go nuts steph)
I WOULD HAVE 1 OF EACH BREED OMG

5. What’s your favourite flower?
Snapdragon

6. Design your dream house.
It’s super big with a different color scheme per room so I can go where I feel most comfortable. It would have a great security system and when someone knocks I would be able to see who it is no matter where I am. It would be 3 floors and a basement.

7. What colour would you wanna dye your hair if you could?
Red. Like mostly dark red/auburn. Then bangs would be a bit brighter. And then have firebrick red high lights everywhere. It would be magical.

8. Any O.C.’s you would like to describe to the general public?
I’m not creative enough for that. I mean I had a “invisible” (aka imaginary) pet named Snowflake who was 5 inches tall and the most adorable thing ever! She was all white like a cotton ball and super soft and had the cutest little nose. She would bite ur finger but it wouldn’t hurt at all yay

9. Text or Talk or Facetime? (Ha. That’s not even a questions…)
ALL 3 I STG IF IM NOT DOING ONE IM DOING THE OTHER. Oh plus snapchat

10. Ideal date? (OR WOULD IT BE NOT HAVING ONE BWA HA HA)
Going to see a musical we both enjoy and then afterwards debate the best parts and worst parts whilst having a pillow fight and eating food

11. Ok, you all have to make one question for me to use next time I get one of these things! GO!
How many selfies do you take per day? Ur welcome hannie. U know u are like good at writing and stuff u should be able to come up with these urself :P


New Questions
1. What is your opinion on school?
2. Talk about the person you trust most. It could be urself. And no one isn’t an answer!
3. Fav country?
4. What kind of radio station do u listen to?
5. What would u do with $1,000,000
6. What is something that you definitely (yes thank! I spelled it right) could live without
7. What’s a word u can never seem to spell right (I’m looking at u hannie)
8. How fast have u ever driven (or how fast have u ever gone down a hill).
9. Fav candy?
10. Rate ur love of candy from “ew who invented sucrose” to “love I think u meAN OBSESSION”
11. What do u have a love/hate relationship with?

finally after 5000 years I have returned from otakon

it was hella fucking rad but also I’m too tired to do anything so lemme just shoutout to levail and retrodynamics and everyone at the ace attorney photoshoot friday for being fuckin cool I had a blast talking to you guys

levail replied to your post:alopexplasma replied to your post:I LIED ONE MORE…

come party in ma we have like. snow? yeah. snow. also: chowder.

omg

im down with both snow AND chowder now i want chowder why would you offer this to me

quadhonks replied to your post:alopexplasma replied to your post:I LIED ONE MORE…

I MEANT TO THE WEST WHERE WE JUST HAVE OCEAN NOT BOOT NEVADA OUT OF THE WAY OMFG

I LIKE THE BAY WEATHER MASSACHUSETTS WILL FUCK THAT UP. THERES NOTHING IN NEVADA BUT DESERT, RENO, AND VEGAS. IT’S OKAY. NEVADA WILL TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM

levaille said:

ok embarrassing story. one time i was half asleep and i told my friend she has a nice ass. it was terrible. i bet she still remembers it. sonuvabitch. ok, do you have an embarrassing story related to that

Haha that’s so funny! You poor soul.

Uhm not exactly but once when I was eight or nine I was sleeping and having a dream about these aliens called the Wraith from Stargate: Atlantis and it was sucking the life out of me (hard to describe but if you watch the show you understand) And anyway I was talking in my sleep, saying “no, stop, stop” and when i woke up my dog was jumping on top of me and my dad and sister were laughing their asses off.

send me stuff for sleepover saturday!!

Watch on titancorpss.tumblr.com

LEVAILLE ♛ king of the world ♕ 

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