Today we celebrate the annual Draw a Picture of a Bird Day! This day may happen once a year, but it is celebrated monthly by many fabulous artists on WordPress since being championed by my creative sister from another mother, Laura at Create Art Everday, and now hosted by the awesomely talented duo of Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness. I wanted a blast of color, so I chose a Rainbow Lorikeet, a beautiful bird with a fun temperament that attracts a huge number of tourists in South Queensland, Australia.

I had precious little time today so I managed this doodlewash and realized I hadn’t written a thing about it yet. So my typical 5 minute research has been reduced to 2 minutes and here’s what I could find. They’re noisy. Like really noisy. They love to travel in pairs and flocks and have a screeching nature of chattering and calling to each other. Lorikeets are quite fond of swooping down from trees calling out loudly to other lorikeets who are likely the other other beings who speak lorikeet and can understand their screaming. Yeah, this bird can’t stop talking so they screech while flying, chatter while eating and even while resting, they keep incessantly tweeting like a human teenager or a celebrity’s assistant.

Lorikeets fly very high in the sky and can travel long distances. Their brilliant color is something amazing to see when traveling in flocks. They are sometimes kept as pets and are considered a fast learner. Since they’re incredibly playful they provide much amusement to those who care for them. Though they are often noted for being demanding and attention-seeking as I’m sure they know they’re quite fabulous and deserving of accolades. And that’s about all 2 minutes of research gets ya, so if you have a couple minutes more, then check them out with a Google!

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Permanent Pale Green, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

49 replies on “Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

  1. that is marvelous Charlie! as an Aussie 50% lol, I can say you nailed the bird!
    they are that bright and beautiful. Very friendly too. They’re really only noisy in Big Groups, at about dusk. (kind of like the locals, no?!) : O

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      1. …and not only at dusk! We have trees that attract them, but they (the lorikeets not the trees) are not always around. My nickname for them is screechies as they certainly announce their arrival in their inimitable manner. The locals can get a bit noisy when at the local, so Debi has it right! LOL. 😉 Lovely doodle, Charlie.

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  2. How marvellous! They sound like a lot of fun if you ask me – perhaps he can sit on the seal’s head. And what a sight it’d be to see one flying through the sky – like a rainbow, with wings. I just scrolled back up to your doodlewash and my cat caught sight of it and is fascinated – I think he thinks it’s coming after him. This often happens; I’d take it as the ultimate approval were I you, Charles!

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  3. Bro!!! What a gorgeous bird you’ve chosen! And a beautiful job you’ve done, my colorful friend! Thanks for the mention and I’m so glad you shared this lovely birdie with us! I must go bury myself in work now, but had to check on my sweet brother first. 😘👏👍❤️

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  4. Such a wonderful bird! I’m always so amazed you squeeze in a doodlewash, write-up and post each day! Plus introduce us to other artists. Many thanks for your vibrant Parrot and daily dedication!


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