Sunday, 25 November 2012

Illustration Friday - Whiskers

Rose Robin!
I had to post this little guy, perfect for this week's theme!


  1. Do birds have whiskers? (I just had to ask.) This is a lovely bird painting.

  2. Hi Coreopsis,
    Thanks for your nice feedback. the insect-catching birds do have a kind of whiskers! They are actually modified feathers at the corners of the mouth which look like hairs. They are thought to help the birds with catching insects, although this hasn't been proven. Their technical name is rictal bristles. They look very like cat whiskers to me!