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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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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Is it weird that I think these little guys look cute, even though they look a bit like fluffy slug/bugs to me? :giggle:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I based them off baby emus, so they should be adorable!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
Oh my, now that you've said baby emus, I can see the resemblance! La la la la 
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traviswadegarden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Too cute!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Chiggin 
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aww
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Fluffs
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yup^^
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wysoka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Two baby aliens playing, sooooo cute :) :heart:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Fluffies!
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
wow these are really cool they are like barnacles or something
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QNAMAN Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm... Are you a Birrin in disguise?
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:iconvivienne-mercier:
Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Part bird, part mammal, part insect...these are really amazing! I love these creatures.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Just threw it all in there :P
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awwwwwwww
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Do birrin keep their dorsal "wings" into adult hood or do they atrophy, they are adorable though.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
They actually get bigger! I need to paint them in display mode.
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TRVartzAdoptz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww they're playing together that's SO CUTE!! :iconawwwplz:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Fluffy babies!
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TRVartzAdoptz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dww
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legendarygryphon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
That Baby Birrin is Kung Fu Fightin!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Ho, ha!
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legendarygryphon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
XD But seriously the first one does look like its kicking butt and other is like "Hey!" LOL
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The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
D'aww. Even with six limbs, four eyes, and those wicked-looking extensible mouthparts inside the beak, playful fuzzy alien chicks still manage to look adorable.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
No one can resist floof
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LemmingBot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing!  They are so alien but the playfulness comes though none the less!  I could totally just snuggle with one.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Nippy, but snuggly too :P
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Changeling209458 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awww!
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Mom, Timi bit me!" :)

Quite cute. I love how your series has evolved as time went on. I'm sorry I haven't kept up with commenting on your pieces as of late! :O
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
All good. Currently fleshing out the evolution of the species :)
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BlocklockCity Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
The dorsal "wings" are very interesting to me, part because they don't seem to be present in any other depiction of birrins.  Are they specialized limbs?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
They are usually clothed, and older designs had a pair of hearing limbs in place. Basically they flip and display a peacock like skin membrane.
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BlocklockCity Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
So that's what happened to their "ears", cool.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Yep, display flappers :P
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Sheather888 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 I love these creatures!
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binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I always like to think that I will be friends with any alien, as long as it has relatively humanlike psychologies. I would be Friends with a Birrin or an Appi Uha (By Transapient) even though they're totally different biologically, but if I found a humanoid species with no emotions I would run away immediately.
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binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
BTW If they weren't friendly (i.e. shooting at me a la fighting Birrin) I wouldn't be friends with them
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Ah but you see, you can never get along with everyone ;) Some birrin are racist jerks, or insane! But I am sure some would like you :)
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binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist

Very good point! I have seen how some Birrin have acted and well, It may take a while for them to become more peaceful( like us) But there still will be the small minority that will dislike our far-flung star-travelling descendants no matter what.

BTW: Circa which year will Terragens visit the Birrin Homeworld?

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I am not putting a strict date on it, but it will be at least 1000 years in their future before we are capable of reaching them.
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binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
 Do we get there Via Sub-c(Bussard Ramjets/Amat Propulsion/Quantum Ramjets) or Pseudo-FTL Tachyon Field Drive (Yes that is a thing outside of Sci Fi)/ Alcubierre Drive) ???
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I dont use much FTL in my universe, so probably some variant on fusion.
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binary12 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist

Seems OK since you said that humans would have augmentented themselves so that even a long voyage would seem insignificant (either by being super-long lived, or in stasis) I am working on a sort story dictating realistic near future interstellar travel, and the protagonist takes a trip from Tau Ceti e (now terraformed) to Earth which takes about 20 or so years and the time passed was hardly noticeable to the outside world.

Keep Up The Good Work!

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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Nice action shot!
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mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
What exactly do they feed the chicks when they are this small?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
They feed them small animals, meat and unfertilized eggs.
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mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
So they're carnivorous, these Birrin or they also require vegetables and fruit in their diet?  Also is the food marshed and in small chunks before it is given to the young?  
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
They are carnivores, but can eat certain fruits. The young at first eat unfertilized eggs, but they are expected to rip into meat pretty soon :P
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