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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

#767: Tropicbird

Tropicbirds are pelagic seabirds, spending most of their life airborne, hovering and diving for fish. With only small, weak feet, she is clumsy on land, and only comes ashore to breed. For this she favours rocky cliffs with some shelter. Elaborate, aerial courtship dances help her to determine her choice of mate. Once paired, the two form a monogamous bond that often last several breeding seasons. Both male and female have elongated central tail feathers, making the Tropicbird unmistakable in flight. Like many seabirds, she has suffered from rising temperatures and el nino weather fluctuations, with recent breeding seasons becoming decreasingly succesful.

This is a Red-billed Tropicbird.

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