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, December 3, 2015

#748: Teal

"Teal" is generally the name given to small ducks, which generally seem to have a larger head in proportion to body-size than the generally considered "duck".

The Eurasian Teal (which is not the species currently pictured here, this is a blue-winged which may not technically eb a "teal" at all... alterations to come!) is probably the most well-known, being widespread across Eurasia and migrating south. The green patch across its eyes lead to the naming of the colour teal (in much the same way that "orange" is derived from the fruit, NOT the other way around). He is a dabbling duck, dipping beneath the water to feed on aquatic invertebrates in the warmer months, and turning to greens in the colder.

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