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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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:icon21mauricio21:
21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
So many details, man. Clap Really makes the work complete and plausible, unlike other aliens that have random "cool" concepts shoehorned on them.
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Tsuriae Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SOOOOO KYUT!!!!!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Fluffs!
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:iconantfingers:
AntFingers Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAHAAAWW! It's so cute!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Puffles
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:iconantfingers:
AntFingers Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Waddles bobbles snuffles chubbles!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Katkoot dance 2v 
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:iconantfingers:
AntFingers Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
 Jackdirt  They're making more!
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:iconbahamutdeusmodus:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
I based them off baby emus, so they should be adorable!
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:iconbahamutdeusmodus:
BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  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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:iconbahamutdeusmodus:
BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
:blush: OMG! That's adorable! It's just cruises along before it's legs can catch up! :D Now I can see your Birrin doing the same thing. :giggle:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Katkoot dance 2v 
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:icontraviswadegarden:
traviswadegarden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Too cute!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Chiggin 
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:icontruemefista:
TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aww
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Fluffs
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:icontruemefista:
TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yup^^
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:iconwysoka:
wysoka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Two baby aliens playing, sooooo cute :) :heart:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Fluffies!
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:iconwolfgang-111:
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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:iconqnaman:
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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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awwwwwwww
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:iconperiodiccrafter:
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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:icontrvartzadoptz:
TRVartzAdoptz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww they're playing together that's SO CUTE!! :iconawwwplz:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Fluffy babies!
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:icontrvartzadoptz:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Ho, ha!
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:iconlegendarygryphon:
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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:iconthe-elegant-machine:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
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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:iconblueoriontiger:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
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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:iconabiogenisis:
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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:iconblocklockcity:
BlocklockCity Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
So that's what happened to their "ears", cool.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Yep, display flappers :P
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:iconsheather888:
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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:iconbinary12:
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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