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Songbird ReMix Tawny Frogmouth

First texture WIP test for the Tawny Frgmouth

I've put aside my Asian bird project in order to start developing the models I need for my October release "Frogmouths, Nightjars and Goatsuckers".  They are camouflage experts and often mistaken for a tree limb; they need to because they're day sleepers and active only at night.

In the US, I think most people known them by their common names, poor-wills or whip-poor-wills, though I doubt few have actually seen them. We've been lucky enough to have several common poor-wills visit our yard at dusk. They work with the bats, feeding on flying insects.

Why do I think this is a Halloween release? Apart from being related to owls (which I think is a Halloweenish bird) and hanging out with bats, The name of the set "Frogmouths, Nightjars & Goatsuckers" refers to the bird version of Chupacabra.

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Real Birds: New, but famliar hummingbird!

by Cornell Labs

These days, the discovery of a species usually requires treacherous treks into remote jungles untouched by science. But the world’s newest bird species was discovered, not in some remote tropical jungle, but in backyards in the Bahamas. A member of the Bee Hummingbird group, the Bahama Woodstar includes two subspecies which scientists now say should be recognized as two distinct species.

The Bahama Woodstar species contains two subspecies, Calliphlox evelynae evelynae found throughout the northern islands of the Bahamas, and Calliphlox evelynae lyrura found only among the southern Inaguan islands of the chain. Both males and females of the two are strikingly similar, but in this case appearances were deceiving. The females of the Bahama Woodstar and Inaguan Lyretail are nearly identical, but differences in song, behavior, physical measurements, and DNA recently led researchers to conclude these are two distinct species. Photo by Matt MacGillivray via Birdshare.

Physically, males in the two subspecies differ only in their forehead colors and forked tail feathers. These minor differences helped naturalists originally describe the birds as different species in the 1800s. Yet James Peters ignored that precedent when he published the Check-list of Birds of the World in 1949 and lumped the species together as the Bahama Woodstar.

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