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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Creature Feature #351: Jackdaw

The Jackdaw is a European corvid, resident across Europe, western Asia and North Africa. She is noted for being a collector of shiny objects, which she hoards in her nest. Pairs are long-term and monogamous, with partners stay together within their flocks. Flocks have a strong hierarchy, and bonded pairs share the same rank, with females assuming their mates rank and unpaired females perching lowest in the pecking order. Paired birds also engage in mutual preening. Jackdaw will also share food, activally passing favoured titbits to other members of the flock, regardless of gender or familial bonds.

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