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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Creature Feature #546: Oropendola

Never heard of an Oropendola? Don't worry, neither had I, not until one turned up featuer din my bird-a-day calendar (this calendar, btw, explains why there are so many birds in this project, the other reason being that I really like birds.)

There are nine species of Oropendola, a South American passerine, of the New World blackbird Family. (not to be confused with the Old World blackbirds, to which they are not closely related). Like his cousin, the Cacique, he is gregarious and vocal, with a wide range of songs. In this species, the Montezuma Oropendola, the male is considerably larger than the female. He forages in flocks, feeding on large insects, small vertebrates, seeds, fruit and nectar. A colonial breeder, each colony contains a dominant male, who mates with most of the females. Nests are woven from fibres and vines, and hang from the branches like strange and unappetising fruit.

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