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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

#713: Sparrow

Sparrows, like many other Passerine species, can be divided into Old World (Eurasia) and New World (Americas) Families. The two Families are not particularly closely related, but bear a superficial resemblance to one another. Other birds commonly (and inaccurately) named "Sparrow" include the Hedge Sparrow (aka dunnock, an accentor) and the Java Sparrow (a finch)

The most recognisable of the forty-plus Sparrow species is the House Sparrow. He is the most widely distributed wild bird in the world, occuring in evey continent, except Antarctica. Native to Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia, he has been introduced - both purposely and accidentally - to South America, North America, Southern Africa, Australia and numerous islands, including New Zealand. He is a survivor - able to live in both hot and cold climes, and thrives in the urban environment. A pair were even found nesting underground, in a mine. His diet, traditionally, consists of seed, grain and plant matter, but he has happily adapted to scavenging from human food waste as well.

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