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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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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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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah. There are a LOT of them.
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jumpsl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
lol Yea there all over... :D
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. Just wow.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah... it's a lot of birds.
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ChachHoban Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Oh New Zealand. I still would love to go there despite the bird issue.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah. It's a beautiful country. There are parts of the north island that are like travelling back to the age of dinosaurs (with the hot springs and fern trees).

I'd just wait until the currency drops a bit though. Right now it is stupid expensive here.
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This looks great Dan, really lovely composition-it could've easily looked crowded-but it doesn't. Ace colours too.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks.

Yeah... It was a bit of a challenge to make it look crowded, but not TOO crowded. I purposefully wanted to make it seem like there were a couple too many birds crammed in there.
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Iraville Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
what a great picture, i like everyone of them!!! also great style and wonderfull colours. u should do an other picture with the rest of the k birds :)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
At this rate I think it would require about two more pictures to include all of the rest of the K birds. Check it out - [link]

Look how much the letter K dominates the names.
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KemicalReaxion Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job. They're very cute. It's funny, that one on the right looks like he's wearing a white tank top! :)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. He totally does. Those are Kereru or Wood Pigeons. They are basically huge colorful pigeons.
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raisegrate Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Great job! I love birds, and new zealand has some of the best. Have you seen a real life kiwi?
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, New Zealand definitely has some really interesting birds!

I have seen a kiwi at a place called Rainbox Springs, where you can get close to them in little enclosures (one of them came up and started sniffing my hand), but I haven't seen them in the wild yet. That's one of my goals before I move back to the states. I have seen the Kaki in the wild though (the tall black one) and those are SUPER rare. There are only about 80 of them left in the wild.
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