What do birds mean to you? For many people they symbolize freedom and renewal. But the importance of these winged beings goes beyond the concepts applied by man. Birds are fundamental to maintaining the balance of life on Earth and the proper functioning of the entire ecosystem.
Regardless of where you are, the encounter with the birds is certain. With a little more attention it is possible to observe them daily, whether in forests, fields, parks and even in large urban centers.
For these and other reasons our painters love paintings by numbers of birds, today, we bring together the most beloved bird canvases. Let's go to the Top 6.
#6 - Bullfinch
Colorful but discreet, the bullfinch is a granivore that feeds mainly on shoots. The origin of its name remains unclear, but it is suspected that it was adapted from the German "Dompfaff". The bullfinch is a small bird (14-15 cm) difficult to observe. It is a robust bird with a black crown. It lives in gardens, heaths, woods and hedges. It is frequent in higher altitude areas where it looks for food in trees such as birch, cherry and blackthorn. This species is distributed throughout Europe. It feeds on seeds, berries and new tree shoots.
#5 - Crow
Historically, the name raven has been given to several of the big-bodied Corvus birds with shaggy feathers on their necks. Mid-sized members of the genus are usually called crows, while the very smallest species go by the name jackdaws. Members of the genus Corvus can be found on every continent except Antarctica and South America.
Like a lot of intelligent animals, most crows are quite social. For instance, American crows spend most of the year living in pairs.
#4 - Flamingos
Flamingos are a familiar sight even to those who have never seen one in real life. The tropical wading birds have long legs with backward-bending knees, long curvy necks, and most noticeably, they are pink. The color pink comes from beta-carotene in the crustaceans and plankton that flamingos eat. Zoo flamingos will turn white if their diet is not supplemented with live shrimp or flamingo chow containing carotenoid pigments.
The feathers under their wings (flight feathers) are black. You only see them when the birds are flying.
#3 - Peacock
With its massive tail and iridescent colors, this bird has long fascinated its human observers. A peacock’s tail feathers can reach up to six feet long and make up about 60 percent of its body length. Despite these odd proportions, the bird flies just fine, if not very far.
What makes the peacock’s feathers so brilliant? Microscopic “crystal-like structures” that reflect different wavelengths of light depending on how they’re spaced, resulting in bright fluorescent colors. Hummingbirds and shimmering butterflies have mastered a similar visual effect on their own wings.
#2 - Owl
Owls are intriguing birds that easily capture the attention and curiosity of birders. The eyes of an owl are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.
Northern Saw-whet Owls can travel long distances over large bodies of water. One showed up 70 miles from shore near Montauk, New York.
#1 - Macaws
Macaws are one of the most charismatic and colorful species you’ll find in the Amazon. Members of the larger parrot family, their size and vivid plumage, along with their rather loud behavior, make them hard to miss amongst the rainforest canopy. Here’s everything you need to know about this beautifully-bright tropical bird that can be found throughout the Amazon region.
A macaw’s facial feather pattern is highly distinctive and thought to be as unique as a fingerprint. They have long toes and sharp claws which they use to latch onto branches and examine items, and their first and fourth toes point backward. They’ve also been observed using their powerful beak as a third leg!
Their diet mainly consists of fruits, seeds, leaves, flowers and nuts. Most species possess a large and extremely powerful beak which they use to open nut shells, including such foods as tough as coconuts. In the Amazon, macaws can be seen congregating at clay licks along river banks where they feed on the damp soil. There are various theories about why they do this. It may be a way for them to neutralize the assorted toxins in their fruit and seed-filled diet and to aid digestion.