Venezuelan Troupial (draw a bird day)

loud and clear
whistles penetrate far–
inside a dry tropical forest,

a bird sings perched upon a cactus–
under a clear sky, sun relentless–

orange, black, wings flash white when aerial–
kin to the oriole–

The Venezuelan Troupial is the national bird of Venezuela. Besides that country, it is found in Columbia and on some Caribbean islands. A relative to the oriole, its feathers stick out unevenly, often making it look ruffled. The troupial like to perch on high visible places to sing. They eat insects, fruit, and small birds and eggs.

Native to coastal desert scrub and thorn forests, they prefer arid lands, although they have proven quite adaptable to other ecosystems. Who knew there were cactii in Venezuela? Above is a photo from Mochima National Park.

The Venezuelan Troupial is a nest pirate, often poaching nests and driving off the original residents when they can’t find a suitable abandoned one to adapt to their own needs. They are not considered endangered, though some of their habitats are, and they are also captured to be sold as cage birds.

I had a lot of trouble focusing to work this week, and was not wholly satisfied with any of my drawings, but I do think the cactus one captures the personality of this bird fairly well. I keep reminding myself of the drawings of Matisse, who was always rearranging his lines, and letting the errant ones remain to show where he had been.

My poem, for Colleen’s #tastetherainbow Tanka Tuesday challenge is in the Trois-par-Huit form, which you can read about here.

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35 responses to “Venezuelan Troupial (draw a bird day)”

  1. lynn__ says :

    Lovely bird…thanks for the introduction 🙂

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  2. neil reid says :

    Enjoy your birds. Like the commentary about focusing. Good way to learn I think.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    It’s a beautiful bird, and an interesting poetic form.
    I saw a Baltimore Oriole a couple of weeks ago. It was in a tree that had matching orange colored flowers.

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is a lovely poem, Kerfe, presented in a style I do not know. Thanks for the fascinating pictures and information.

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  5. judeitakali says :

    The imagery in your words is beautiful and vivid, and of course your art as well. An oriole?🧐. sounds delicious.

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  6. yvettemcalleiro says :

    I love your poem, Kerfe, and the introduction to this beautiful bird. 🙂

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  7. Bela Johnson says :

    Sweet drawings. Here’s another take on the Matisse idea:
    And so we create, even though. ❤️

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  8. SelmaMartin says :

    How lovely, this bird art. Thank you.

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    The imaginary is awesome, Marta and your poem too.


  10. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    Kerfe, the troupial looks to be an interesting bird. I’ve been watching for a Baltimore oriole, but haven’t seen one yet. I always love your poetic bird offerings. ❤

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  11. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    The troupial’s character in the drawing with the cactus really does shine through! It is an interesting name too; feels debonair and flamboyant and roguish somehow. 🙂

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  12. rothpoetry says :

    Your bird drawings are beautuiful. I believe you have captured it very well. …and the poem as well.

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful drawings, Kerfe. I’m glad these birds aren’t endangered, but it does seem unkind to cage them. Lovely poem.

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  14. alethakuschan says :

    What a wonderful poem. I especially like these lines:

    a bird sings perched upon a cactus–
    under a clear sky, sun relentless

    — something about the rhythm of the second and its connect back to the line before. “Sun relentless.” Relentless is a marvelous word. The poem made me realize.

    The birds are lovingly drawn, each with unique personality. The first and third are energetic. It seems like they might move at any moment. That’s a fine quality in the still art of drawing.


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