Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

Doodlewash of a Rainbow Lorikeet - watercolor sketch of bird in flight

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 doodlewash.com 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

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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! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
49 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Love lorikeets. We get to see them at nearby zoos. They are friendly and adorable and so brightly feathered. Your painting is great – you caught the little guy in the air.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 😃💕 It was fun to play with lots of colors. And it was National Zoo Lovers Day so it could serve double-duty. Hehe

  2. anniedrawsthings 1 year ago

    So much gorgeous color and personality! Beautiful work. 🙂

  3. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Great colours! A new bird to inspire me. Thank you!

  4. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    FABULOUS doodlewash, Charlie!!! WOWZA! Love that colorful bird as long as I don’t have to hear it! Lol! 💕🎨😄

  5. moonskittles 1 year ago

    Ohh gorgeous Charlie!

  6. debiriley 1 year ago

    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

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Debi!! 😃💕Haha! Just like the locals I’d imagine!! Lol I’ve never heard a group of them…would be interesting to hear!!

      • jmnowak 1 year ago

        …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.

      • Author

        Awww thanks so much, Janina! Glad you like this!😃💕 I can only imagine how screeching these guys can get! hehe

      • jmnowak 1 year ago

        Screechy…almost to the level of cicadas, but not so ear-piercing. Love it all!

      • debiriley 1 year ago

        they screech in mass, flying into the tree to roost. then shut up. its over in less than 3 minutes. the white Cockatoos… oh my. they are another story!

  7. Teri C 1 year ago

    Wow, great choice today. So beautiful with all those colors.

  8. Jacob 1 year ago

    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!

    • Author

      What?! I have cat approval?! Yay!!!! 😃😃 That’s awesome!! And yeah…I think it would sit on the seal’s head, but I’m not sure if the seal would be happy about that. Hehe

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Yep – I think you were reminding him of his more youthful/badly behaved days terrorising birds. He never looks that impressed at my work, though!

  9. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    Are they the avian equivalent of teenagers? ;D You sure got in the colors, all right! Tis a grand doodlewash! <3

    • Author

      They are!! Hehe…which is why I think they’re so cool!! (This coming from a guy who just got to BE a teenager and never had to deal with raising them, of course! 😊) Thanks Teresa!! 😃💕

  10. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Beautiful colors Charlie! And I second Teresa; sounds like some children I have known. (K)

    • Author

      Thanks Kerfe!! 😃💕 They apparently are a bit like children. Well a bit older and someone on Instagram said the ones in her backyard seemed drunk.

      • memadtwo 1 year ago

        I like that description.

  11. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Fabulous contribution to draw a bird day. Eye popping color! Thanks for sharing Charlie.

  12. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    Fantastic painting, such a lovely bird. The background information was terrific for such a short research time…somehow the noisy chattiness seems to fit this bird’s couture. Fun post, thank you for sharing.

    • Author

      Thanks Haunani!! 😃💕 Yeah…I was moving super quick yesterday and almost didn’t have time to make my post! Glad you liked the mad dash result! Hehe…these birds are so pretty!!

  13. 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. 😘👏👍❤️

    • Author

      Awww thanks for sneaking in to say hi sis!! ❤️😃Glad you liked this!! Yay to lots of color!! Hehe…so fun!! And ugh on work lately…just another week or so to freedom! And Sunday?!!! FUNDAY!! Make it so!!! 😉👍🏻🎨

  14. abarn003 1 year ago

    Wow. So beautiful!

  15. Cathe 1 year ago

    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!

  16. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Wow Charlie this is a beautiful Lorikeet it seems like is flying out of my screen Ahaha lovely colors and beautiful celebration for Draw a Picture of a Bird Day! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Carolina! 😃💕I really had fun doing this one! I like to doodlewash birds. hehe

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Yes they are fun to doodlewash, the colors the shapes I had fun with mine! 😉

  17. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    Fantastic! I love lorikeets too.

  18. M.R. Emberson 1 year ago

    A rainbow with wings! Great description and painting, Charlie, as usual.

  19. Kari 1 year ago

    So very colorful! They sound like a fun pet to have.. Sassy, friendly, and colorful.. 😊

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