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World of Birds 4 - Hoatzin by rieke-b World of Birds 4 - Hoatzin by rieke-b
Watercolours with opaque white. I watched a documentary about Kaw, a great swampy conservation area in Guyana, where the Hoatzin lives, and was immediately fascinated by this bird.
The wing might look a little strange, but I checked it and they really look like there are some feathers missing (well, kind of...).
The leaves of the tree were really that big on a photo I looked at!

The Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin, also known as the Hoactzin, Stinkbird, or Canje Pheasant, is a unique bird that lives in the tropical forests of South America. It's about as big as a pheasant and the only genus of its family. It doesn't seem to be closely related to any other bird family. Its digestive system (they are vegetarians) is unique amongst birds because it resembles to that of ruminants. Another remarkable thing is that its chicks posess claws on two of their wing digits. Since Hoatzins only nest above water, the chicks can drop into the water when there's danger and use their claws to crawl back up the tree and into the nest again. Nevertheless, many chicks get caught by predators...
Because of their huge crop, Hoatzins can't fly very well. Although they have a wide area of distribution and aren't considered endangered, they are vulnerable when it comes to habitat destruction. They simply can't move to other areas very well... The Hoatzin is also the national bird of Guyana.
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:iconthewhiningrhino:
Thewhiningrhino Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Hoatzins are so cool. I love the fact that they're able to live off something as energy-poor as leaves.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's true! They're certainly remarkable birds. :nod:
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Tillan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
i like birds
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Mercy-Harris Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always liked these little guys. <3
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me, too! :D Thanks!
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Mercy-Harris Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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:iconjerseydays:
Jerseydays Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, these feathers look soooo soft. Very well painted, my dear!! :heart:
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww, hehehe! :blushes:
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely textures and great anatomy! :)
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad you like it! :heart:
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alonesinthedark Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
fabolous! amazing!
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really glad you like it! :D
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Kekcapa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors, and how you did the feathers and leaves! :D
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :bounce:
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MyPhotoParadise Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely job! These birds are fascinating! I saw some on a recent trip I took to Ecuador. It was super cool!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! That must have been a beautiful trip! Where did you see them, near the water in the trees? :) Aren't they fantastic?
Thank you very much! I'm very glad that you like my painting. :hug:
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clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great!
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bounce:
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TornFeathers Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love these birds. <3

Beautiful work. I love the textures.
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: Hoatzins rule! :D
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kyotaneko Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice! I love your leaves & your choice to make the ones in the top right look almost as if they are out of focus.
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it. :)
I love to use those watercolour effects that make things look blurry. It's often quite easily done.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! :)
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Glad you like it. :) :heart:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)

And I do! :)
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done!! Hoatzins are such interesting birds.
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) I also think they're great, so I just needed to paint one. :D
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, this is magnificent! Very well done! :heart:
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's all for you, my dear. :heart:
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Das hast du sehr schön gemalt, war bestimmt viel Arbeit..
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke sehr! :D
Och, es ging. Diesmal war es nicht so viel Arbeit, weil das Bild ja nicht so viel Hintergrund hat. Der Hoatzin hat auch keine sehr aufwändig zu malende Federzeichnung. :)
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ich mag ihn! Und wenn du bzgl. Vogelmotive was wirklich Aufwändiges brauchst, dann wag dich mal an eine Schneeeule :D ich spreche da aus eigener Erfahrung...
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MsLovelyA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
this is gorgeous! it weren't for the watercolor, I would say that this was a real photograph!!! AWESOME!!! XD
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you so much! :D
But I think it's quite clearly watercolours. I like to use the effects, like blurred edges. ;)
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citizen17 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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