About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Creature Feature #342: Indigobird

The Indigobirds are a number of finch-like passerine bird species, related to whydahs. They occur across Africa, inhabiting grassland and open woodland. They are named for the male's breeding plumage, which in all species is various shades of indigo, blue and black. Outside of breeding season, he appears more like the females - dowdy shades of brown, grey and cream. They are brood parasites, using firefinches as their parental hosts. Unlike cuckoos, Indigobird chicks do not destroy the host's eggs. As the chick grows, he learns the song of his host species. Females favour a mate that sings the same tune as her foster parents. His diet consists of seeds and grains

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