bronze cuckoo

June 9, 2017 - White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)

These honeyeaters are found in eastern and southern Australia. They eat insects, nectar, and fruit, as well as insect byproducts, such as lerps, and honeydew. They build their open cup-shaped nests near the ground in shrubs and short trees, lining them with hair from mammals, including humans. Females incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks. Several species of cuckoo, including the Fan-tailed, Pallid, Horsfield’s, and Shining Bronze-cuckoo, parasitize their nests.

My Spngel bracelet from DCCon! Each of these is hand-painted with literally just 99 cent acrylics with tiny brushes and toothpicks, then glazed, glossed, and they glow in the dark because I hate myself.

The story:

I have this headcanon that God made the birds of Earth as homages to his angels, meaning that each bird species was made in the image of a different angel’s wings. I’ve spent a little bit of time thinking of what bird was made for who, and whose wings look like what, and this is what I’ve come up with so far. I tried to keep canon and fanon colors (like Cas’s being black and Luci’s being white) and also tried to match personalities of angels with the dispositions of the birds. So here’s what we’ve got so far.

From left to right:

Samandriel- titmouse; Hester- whippoorwill; Inias- European goldfinch;; Rachel- mockingbird; Virgil- kingfisher; Uriel- red bellied woodpecker; Joshua- lilac breasted roller; Lucifer- dove; Anna- cardinal; Bartholomew- military macaw; Zachariah- bluejay; Balthazar- burrowing owl; Hannah- chickadee; Naomi- black and crimson oriole; Gadreel- barn owl; Metatron- pigeon; Hael- shining bronze cuckoo; Michael- flamingo; Raphael- hummingbird; Castiel- pied crow; Gabriel- golden eagle

I’d be happy to give reasons as to why I picked each bird if anyone’s wondering. The one I get the most is “why is Michael a flamingo” and whoo boy is that my favorite one lol As I figure out others, I’ll add them to the list!

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An exciting morning for me today on the edge of the mangroves at Rapid Creek when I came across a party of five Little Bronze Cuckoos (Chalcites minutillus) chattering and and chasing madly. I got my first photos of several male birds but couldn’t manage a shot of the female (or females). The males have a distinctive red eye and red eye-ring. They are “proper” cuckoos and leave their single egg in the nests of Gerygones and Honeyeaters. The nominate race extends from the Kimberleys across the Top end of the Northern Territory. Another race, russatus, is found from Cape York down the east coast into northern New South Wales.