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Bird Anatomy- Part 1 by Varatera Bird Anatomy- Part 1 by Varatera
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<EDIT> I went over the drawings a bit with a solid brush to make it easier to see. </EDIT>

Part 2: Muscles =…
Part 3: Respiratory =…
Part 4: Skeleton= eventually..

Old bird tutorial=

Part 1 of my new bird tutorial! I found a fresh dead bird and grabbed the chance to take another, more thorough look at the anatomy.
This bird was much fresher than the one in my old tut, it was dead for about a day. I know this because my friend posted on facebook that a bird flew into her window and unfortunately died. The poor bird suffered a broken shoulder, had internal bleeding in its head and right side, so it probably received a bad shock and brain damage. Due to these injuries, I'm very sure that it died a quick and painless death and did not suffer.

Other great tutorials on birds and wings:
Bird Wing Tutorial by *TheAntimonyElement
5 Commonly Made Mistakes by *LhuneArt…
Bird Anatomy Tutorial by ~Anima-Lux-Artifex
Drawing Birds part 1 by `majnouna

Here are some slo-mo videos of birds in flight:
Cockatiel wind tunnel…
pigeon flight…
Eagle Owl landing…
Golden eagle flight…
landing sparrow…
egret take off…

Other video:
Peregrine falcon & gos hawk…

Articles on birds:
Bird anatomy…
bird lungs…
origin of flight…
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QuillaMama Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
At least the bird's death was not a waste.
Tenembris Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
he's dead...
butcherling Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wonderful tutorial! it helps a lot seeing actual birds :lol:
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
This tutorial and the one previous are excellent. Thank you for them. I Favorited the other one- it had great muscle details on it.

One thing to keep in mind though, since I see you are from the US. It is illegal to mess with (take, posses, sell, etc.) any native birds, including the two you used in these tutorials (a dark eyed junco in this tutorial, a native sparrow I can't ID in the other). If you do tutorials like these again, next time make sure you are in the clear with legalities (use rock doves, house sparrows, starlings or legal game birds since those aren't illegal to mess with.) More info: [link]
Skudde Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012   General Artist
I felt quite sorry for that bird. :') Oh well, the tutorial was great! It's just that small birds like the one you used as an example has very different wings than what people usually draw. They want wings for their angels and winged canine characters, not for fist-sized finches. The best example would've been a swan, crane or a heron, but I totally understand your choice. :'D
Icewingmoontigress Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, very helpful.
Earthsick Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Wow, now that's an in-depth kind of tutorial. Thank you very much. :) I hope that dead bird didn't stink when you got it ... dead animals can smell really nasty. D:
Zadriela Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wow a lot of useful info and links here. Thx O.O
kirby90210 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
wow this tut really helps me understand where i was having problems with wings
Skudde Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   General Artist
Gosh, I feel so sorry for that poor bird. :''S But really, this is useful.
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