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, February 13, 2015

Creature Feature #482: Motmot

The Motmot Family are closely related to Kingfishers and Bee-eaters. They occur in the neotropics - both in forests and woodland. He is distinguished from his relatives by his broad bill and - in many species -  the racquet-like feathers that adorn his tail feathers. These are created by abrasion and preening, causing the barbs to fall out, leaving only a naked shaft and a distinctive tip. When he sights a predator, he will wag his tail to show the predator that he is aware of the danger and ready to take flight. His diet is an omnivorous one, including fruit, insects and amphibians. Motmots in Costa Rica have even been observed feeding on Poison Dart Frogs.

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