Part of a series of commissions I will be uploading over the next few days, from Peter McIlwains' Imaginary Ornithology Project at Burrinja Cultural Centre. [link]
The birds were designed based on public submissions, and my interpretations.
Here is the brief I received:
The Grouchy Grongo baradaluthis Marachubris
Discovered by: Felix Wishart
Date: 2013-04-27 16:17:52
Habitat: Roams from place to place
Shape: A relatively large bird. It has a large beak in comparison to its body. The beak has several thorns sprouting out the side. On top of the head just behind the beak is a long spiraling tube that it uses to push air through and produce its peculiar sound. It has small shabby wings with an uneven display of feathers rendering the bird flightless
Markings: the feathers of this bird are very uneven in position but appear in a dazzling display of colour and texture: The tail feathers for example are practically invisible unless seen from above, where they transform into a flowing contour of blue purple and red. The beak is also a smooth shiny shade of purple.
Behavior: The bird is really territorial and thus the sounds it produces are actually its warnings to warn away any potential rivals and predators (it has large thorns on its beak that it also displays when threatened) the bird when young performs radical feats of acrobatics to get a mate, sometimes diving centimeters above the ground only to level out (occasionally crashing into trees) This bird also mates for life and will protect its partner from any number of potential predators.