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.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Creature Feature #478: Moorhen

The Moorhen are medium-sized water birds belonging to the Rail Family.  With his short rounded wings and stocky body, he is a poor flier although quite capable of cross long distances. Some species, especially those in island populations, however, have become almost flightless and three species - the Samoan, the Makira and the Tristan - are presumed extinct, victims of deforestation and predation by introduced mammals. His sturdy legs and splayed toes allow him to walk on uneven, soft surfaces and he is a capable swimmer. Omnivorous in diet, he consumes plant material, rodents, amphibians and eggs. Outside of breeding season he is sociable in nature, but when springs comes he will aggressively defend his territory against all potential competitors.

This is an Australian Dusky Moorhen.

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