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Baby Birrin by Abiogenisis Baby Birrin by Abiogenisis
The Birrin are an egg laying species, and clutches typically contain 3 or 4 eggs which hatch within days of each other to reveal small, hungry and fuzzy chicks.

The young birrin have several adaptations evolved to aid their survival in the humid and life filled swamps in which the species first evolved. The short hair covering their small bodies is a dense mat of fibres designed to keep the myriad nest parasites from gaining access to their skin, while the conspicuous stripes allow birrin parents to immediately locate their young on foraging trips. This fur, while useful, poses an overheating problem in the tropical climate and so the undersides of the large dorsal ‘wings’ are highly vascular and by holding them out from the body the young can cool themselves.

The fur is shed in stages, first falling away from the lower limbs to prevent mud from the wet forest floor fouling the fibres.

The other major adaptation youthful birrin possess are large patterned plate-like growths around the base of each eye stalk, and covering part of the breathing apparatus: These plates not only help deny access to certain parasites but are also used to elicit feeding behaviour from the adults when displayed around the open mouth.

Most modern birrin, having long since industrialised, rarely brood traditionally but often use communal incubators or hired nannies to warm eggs during gestation. Indeed the fur, once useful for parasite control, is now a hindrance in the hot modern climate of Chriirah and in some regions is shaved off soon after birth to keep the chicks cool.

Depicted here are two young birrin recently out of the nest and already engaging in the boisterous play behaviours that will prepare them for their often dynamic, active lives.
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:iconkotleta:
kotleta Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Love the little guys. :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
small fluffs
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Rockclanhawkstar Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Abiogenisis may I ask what are those things on the Birrins backs? AND BABIES!!! X3
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They are little wing flaps. The birrin flip them up to express themselves and for mating displays
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Jessiegodswell Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Were they able to fly at one point in their evolution, or did these evolve exclusively for communication?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Not able to fly, they were mostly used for communication and thermoregulation
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Jessiegodswell Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool
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Rockclanhawkstar Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay thanks XD
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InkGink Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cute chick. 
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InkGink Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:bird: 
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GGArtwork Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the average lifespan of a Birrin.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
60 years, up to 100 with medical technology
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GGArtwork Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanks for letting me know.
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GGArtwork Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok thanks for letting me know.
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mitga5 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
OH MY GOD THEY'RE SO CUTE.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Tiny fluffies
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Kredri Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You should've worked for "LukasArts", from their very beginning - or some similar corporation.
Would've made any project way better and catching, despite other content...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps one day!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute
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NekoGabiPie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
Aw! So adorable! I'd take care of them so they can be a healthy, strong adult Birrin in the future!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
But be careful, they nip!
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NekoGabiPie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
I'll keep that in mind, hehe :D
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GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
The Birrin are too complex to plausibly hatch from eggs. The yolk is a limited food supply for the fetus and real-life egg-laying creatures all have to make trade-offs because of this restriction (even monotremes, who retain their eggs longer than they incubate them outside the body, and have flexible leathery shells, are still restricted by egg-laying so just retaining the eggs internally longer doesn't eliminate its limitations). There's a reason why placental mammals are the most complex animals in real life.

Not only are they too complex to hatch from eggs, their body structure is too stiff too allow a pregnancy so they couldn't give birth either. A serious hole in their plausibility.

Also, real animals generally have just one pair of jaws because sharing the muscular connections for multiple jaw sets is a very inefficient way to bite/chew and ultimately loses out on biting power. Quality over quantity. A jaw structure like that may exist in some extinct Paleozoic animal, but wouldn't be favored up until the creatures becoming persons. You notice how humans don't have two-chambered hearts, or reproduce by spawning? Creatures of sapience need to be at a very high evolutionary grade.

These problems, however, could be fixed with some changes to the head to give it a single set of jaws to maximize muscle power, and it really needs to give live birth, so extending the body to give it an expandable gut would do it a lot of favors.

When designing civilized aliens, it's generally a good idea to not go "how can I make this as DIFFERENT FROM HUMANS AS POSSIBLE" and consider /why/ humans evolved the way we did. Our endothermy, viviparity, huge domed skull with a massive brain, efficient jaw, flexible skeleton and advanced organ systems are all completely necessary for the selection of such a specialized and hard-to-select-for trait as our level of intelligence. You can't take any of these things away and call that sapient species plausible.

(If you actually are not trying to make a plausible species and are just doing this for fun, then forgive me for my nitpicking; with all the studies you've done for this species, though, it does seem you want them to work in real life so I felt compelled to point out rather obscure mistakes.)
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legopony Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Remember these arent from earth or even our star system so we can't assume that thear bodys work the same as ours, plus even then look at many highly complex animals, mostly fish and anphibians that lay eggs, and for every thing else that you said evolution is a veary complex and random thing so we cant assume that everything should be perfect and human-like expesially whean this is a veary and trully alien enviroment. thear are many examples af evolutionary traits in humans that are useles and inefficient if you loook close enough also you are just assuming that all alien spesies HAVE to be exactle like us or they are impossible.
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GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I'm not sure what them not being from earth has to do with anything, it isn't as though biology and the concept of it changes once you go to Mars or any other planet in the universe. Fish and amphibians generally aren't highly complex creatures because of the fact they lay eggs, eggs limiting the complexity of the creatures by limiting the fetus's food source to the content's of the egg. Also, evolution isn't exactly random, unless you think the slow improvement of species overtime by favorable traits slowly overcoming unfavorable traits through generation after generation after generation is a 'random' thing, in which case I don't really want to waste my time trying to tell you why it isn't a random process of darts. Every species has useless traits, but you didn't really name any so humans having things that're useless and inefficient isn't relevant until a few things are presented. Also, no, if you look at my species specifically you'll notice that they're human enough to work in the context of humanoid creatures. The matter is not whether or not intelligent non-humans could work, they certainly could given the proper situation, but then you have to consider why humans work the way they do in their environment and why our design was chosen over our original four-legged design.
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Exodrake Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, such a thoughtful and compelling argument from someone who is truly well-researched and knows what they are talking about. The "but they're not from earth so they don't need to follow basic logic" card is just so brilliant and original; I have never heard that one before! Fish and amphibians are totally on the same level as higher mammals, yup. They have such advanced skeletons and massive brains capable of such complex thought it's hard to believe that egg-laying restricts prenatal development because the embryos grow off of a FINITE RATION OF FOOD instead of an ENDLESS BLOOD SUPPLY FROM THE MOTHER.

The problem is not traits that are un-human. If they were un-human but worked, they'd be fine, but Abiopretentious just slaps inhuman traits on things for the sake of being inhuman no matter how impractical they are. He thinks the LESS similar to vertebrates a higher organism is, the more likely to exist it is, and this is his actual logic, I shit you not:
"Because starfish and sea urchins exist, aliens could never be like humans"

...But Aconfirmationbias, if humans exist, how could aliens like sea urchins or starfish exist? WHY WON'T YOU RESPOND TO US, IS YOUR PRETENTIOUS FUCKING EGO SO INFLATED BY PAGEVIEWS AND MINDLESS PRAISE THAT YOU CANNOT HEAR THE LOGICAL WORDS OF PEOPLE WHO THINK YOU ARE AN IDEALISTIC IDIOT WHO HAS NO PLACE PREACHING "PLAUSIBILITY" OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE WHEN YOU DENY BASIC FUCKING LOGIC OBSERVABLE IN REAL CREATURES THAT ACTUALLY EXIST?
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Exodrake Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a shame Aconfirmationbias won't hear this because ALIENS COULD NEVER BE LIKE HOOMANS BECAUSE STARFISH EXIST
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GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Also, I'm not sure how fur would help keep parasites out of the skin. That'd more be the parent's job of protecting the young (as burrowing through fur is a thing parasites kinda do quite often in the real world.)
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Exodrake Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If anything, fur would /attract/ parasites, giving lice or flea-type animals something to cling to.
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kotleta Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Really like your take on plausibility of a species design. Will consider this myself in the future. :)
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GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
Thanks for your comment! It's honestly more than I ever got from Abiogenisis, oddly enough. I'm sure you'll make something great, though!
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dsfisher Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd argue on the points of efficient jaws=sapient and that complex organisms need live birth. But I also agree with most of your points, hopefully when I finish designing my species I'll remember to ask you for your opinion.
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Exodrake Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
In nature we see damning evidence that egg laying has limitations. All higher egg-laying vertebrates have either a simplified skeleton and a complex brain, or a complex skeleton and a greatly reduced brain. Having both is simply impossible when an animal develops off of a limited food supply in a confined space.

Bear in mind that this "brain-to-skeleton ratio" occurs in TETRAPODS, animals which are far simpler than the Birrin. Birrin are even more ridiculously complex than placental mammals, animals which evolved with these restrictions removed by a better reproductive method. They are WAY out of reason.

I also think you missed the point of the jaws. Jaws like the Birrin has wouldn't occur on ANY animal, period, because they would be pathetically weak and unable to exert meaningful bite pressure for biting through food.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
chick 
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MDCCLXXVI Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
They remind me of quails lol.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cute chick. 
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love ur aliens man!
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Even Aliens are innocent when they are young. Also extremelly adorable ! :D
Adolescence makes them evil :(
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, I knew plenty of evil kids!

Ever pull the wings off a fly?
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Really ? Well I see a few 'hostile' kids too; but I always blame parents.



I did (try) pull wings of another insect. It was a Wasp !
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Birrin would be like playing with baby tigers probably. Fun, but they have a lot of sharp bits.
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
That doesn't change they are utterly adoable !

But surely a hug from human means many injuries... To the human :D
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deviantsock Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You've mentioned in earlier posts that you have a rough idea as to the history and lore of the Birrin. I was wondering if you could ever have a geography or nation contest, allow your fan-base to expand on the Birrin universe.

Also am I allowed to use Birrin in my own works? I'd give you credit of course but I wouldn't want to commit myself to your own idea with your consent.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As long as it isnt for profit, you are free to use them :)

I will definitely release a design of the world
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ThatZommy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
I'm extremely interested in this world now. Would you mind if I used these in a personal mod for a game I own? I'm reading about them and thinking about ways I could add them into Dwarf Fortress. Either way, you're amazingly talented.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, you can use them for a personal mod :)
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ThatZommy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Thanks, and once again great work. I wish I had the talent to make stuff like this.
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