While the snow was falling steadily and everything outside turned white I felt the need for something colorful, so I painted this parrot. As I was going through my unorganized mess of digital pictures, I found one I took at the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls years ago.
I had to look up this bird's name. This is a Rainbow Lorikeet, and is native to Australia. In the picture he was hanging on the cage bars, but I gave him a nicer perch.
This next bird is from a picture by Dutch photographer Andre Jacobs. It is a Common Kingfisher, who lives in Eurasia and Northern Africa. My parents sometimes would see one near their pond looking for its next meal. Always beautiful to see, and at least he could only take the small fish.