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This is meant to help users find and draw the bird species that will be a part of their gryphon.  We have offered myriad species for you to choose from, so please explore the information below :)

This section is divided up into:
    :pointr: Species Allowed on the Mainland of Windsonde :pointr: Online Bird and Reference Photo Resources :pointr: Bird Drawing Guides

:bulletblue:Species Allowed on the Mainland of Windsonde:bulletblue:

We allow two genera of corvids on the mainland of Windsonde.  Below is information on both.

Crows and Ravens - Genus Corvus
    :bulletgreen:This is a large and diverse group with 42 listed species!  This genus offers a variety of markings, eye colors, and bill shapes (check out the bill on the thick-billed raven).

Magpies - Genus Pica
    :bulletgreen:We allow only these magpies on the mainland of Windsonde.  Not to be confused with Australian magpies, these are magpies that exists within the corvid family and there are only a few species.

Hawks, Eagles, Buzzards, Harriers, Kites and Old World vultures - Accipitridae
    :bulletgreen:There are hundreds of accipiters all over the world!  This is a vast group of birds that has something for everyone!  We encourage you to explore this group thoroughly and try to find species you've never heard of.

Osprey - Pandionidae
    :bulletgreen:As it stands, there is a single species in the family Pandionidae, the osprey, but there are four subspecies recognized.

Secretary Bird - Sagittariidae
    :bulletgreen:Another loner, this family only has one species, the secretary bird.

Falcons and Caracaras - Falconidae
    :bulletgreen:This group has over 60 species within it, including the charismatic peregrine falcon.

New World Vultures, including Condors - Cathartidae
    :bulletgreen:There are seven species of these carrion eaters, each with very interesting heads!  Check out the king vulture's beautiful colors.

Owls - Strigidae and Tytonidae
    :bulletgreen:This group includes the nocturnal raptors.  If you want a bird-face full of character, this group will not disappoint!
      :pointr:Wikipedia article with information on owls, including both strigidae (typical owls) and tytonidae (barn owls).

Gulls - Laridae
    :bulletgreen:Mine? Mine? ...This is the group that includes the ever-abundant gulls.  There are over 50 species in this family.  We encourage you to seriously consider this group if you are interested in a non-raptor gryphon.  There are some truly elegant looking gulls, such as the ivory gull.

Terns - Sternidae
    :bulletgreen:This family of slender, long-winged birds contains 44 species. They are closely related to gulls.

Skuas - Stercorariidae
    :bulletgreen:These seabirds are related to gulls.  There are seven species within this family.

:bulletblue:Online Bird and Reference Photo Resources:bulletblue:

Below are some links to online resources regarding birds and various places to search for reference photos.  Please take notice of photo copyrights and use reference photos appropriately.

:bulletblue:Bird Drawing Guides:bulletblue:

Some artists on DA have made some nice bird and bird wing tutorials!

:bulletblue:Cat Drawing Guides:bulletblue:

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Noivoom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What about Peakocks? I have a very beautiful looking griffin but I'm not sure if Peakocks are under any of these groups...:( I also noticed that there aren't any cats on here. Is that because you can have any kind of cat?
comixqueen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Any kind of cat for mainlanders, yes. But peacocks would be restricted to Tookie Island.
Noivoom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
why only certain types of bird?
comixqueen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Preference, personal aesthetic, and it's the rules set by the group's creator.
Noivoom Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Bailiwick Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
You nailed it :) thanks Comix! <3
Noivoom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What about Peakocks? Can you make a Peakocks griffin because I have a great idea and he/she is beautiful.
Ski-Machine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student
I was just curious where you stand on Shrikes? In the Laniidae family? Since they are song birds but have strong hooked bills like other raptors, and hunt and kill other birds, rodents, reptile etc. But since they are so small and are songbirds despite their 'butcher-bird' reputation are they exempt from the mainland?
Its alright if they are only allowed on Tookie I was just curious ;P :)
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As awesome as shrikes are, yes, they are a Tookie Island species.
Ski-Machine Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student
Alright, I thought they would be, I just wanted it clarified :) Thanks!
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Found some useful sites with info and pictures/photos of corvus species:
[link] <-- very concise. Includes at least range and/or picture for most species. Awesome.

[link] <-- mostly birds we can't use on the mainland, but is great inspiration for Tookies! Also includes photos of pica and corvus species towards the bottom.
Michelle56 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow... if I could draw a griffin, it would probably be an osprey :O
aerinl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010

That site is really good I find, and it has a fair few uncommon bird photos!
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
atropine Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for posting this, it's a fantastic reference!
Bailiwick Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Tsk, and they thought there wasn't enough options or that traditional gryphs were "boring"! This ought to set anyone with concerns straight - TONS of birds are allowed on the mainland, and all of them are BEAU~TI~FUL!

I'm partial to the eagle and gull types myself - but I think in total we have over 400 birds to choose from, easily! :)

Great stuff Sage, thanks again for putting this together!!!
Navare Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this! thank-you so much for putting this up!!
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   General Artist
Sage, this is amazing. Thank you SO much for putting this together!
WolfehMaster Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, so helpful~ I was having trouble drawing my silly gryphon xO
rydicanubis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
FanTASTic resource here Sage! Thanks so much!

SO many birds to choose from!!!
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