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Birds of New Zealand  - K by WonderDookie Birds of New Zealand  - K by WonderDookie
New Zealand birds are confusing! Both the Maori and Western names are commonly used, so you typically have to learn two common names for every species. Furthermore the Maori names all sound the same to me, and they all seem to start with the letter K.

Case in point - the birds featured in this illustration are the: Kakapo, Kakarikis, Kokako, Kaka, Kaki, Kiwi, Kea, Karearea, and Kereru.

I've been joking for a while that I should make an ABC's of native New Zealand birds. The book would consist of three pages: one blank page labeled A-J, then an overpopulated K page, and finally another blank page labeled L-Z. "New Zealand birding made easy!"

Crazy as it seems, this isn't even all of the K birds either. There are a lot that I didn't include.
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoy it!
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:iconneedleguns:
Needleguns Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! ^^
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easternBloc Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Fantastic. I love the composition, colours, and subtle caricaturisation here.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Glad you enjoy it! I'm glad you picked up on those three important "C"s. haha.
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Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist
VERY very beautiful and colourful :)
These birds are a good mixture between realistic, artistic and somehow-funny ;)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you much! I wanted to caricaturise them a bit, so your description is pretty much exactly what I was going for!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Beautifully Done!!!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It was quite a lot of fun to make.
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jumpsl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Whoa birds on top of birds!! Cool
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