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Helmeted Honeyeater by cakecrumbs Helmeted Honeyeater by cakecrumbs
This is a piece I did for Losing Altitude -  a collab aimed at raising awareness for the plight of endangered birds. It's a mix of paper cutting and quilling. All the feathers were hand cut. You won't see it here but each feather was then embossed using a scribe to give a typical feather pattern.

The Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is a critically endangered species endemic to Victoria, our only endemic bird. It's a subspecies of yellow-tufted honey eater. The helmeted honey eater gets its name from the helmet-like tuft of yellow feathers on it's crown, a distinguishing feature of the species. Much of the urgency around its conservation surrounds the fact that it's Victoria's bird emblem, and letting an emblematic species go extinct doesn't bode well.

It's threatened by all the usual suspects: loss of habitat, habitat degradation, introduced species and anthropogenic climate change.

I depicted the pair here with a stylised representation of the manuka scrub (Leptospermum scoparium). This plant is found in the Yellingbo </span>Nature Conservation Reserve, the only place the honeyeaters are found. It's typical of the type of fauna the honeyeaters use as both habitat and food.

Despite their name, the consumption of 'honey', (that is nectar, plant sap and honeydew) only makes up a small part of their diet. Most of it is made up for invertebrates, and parents will almost exclusively feed their chicks insects. 

If you'd like to know more about these guys you'll find the recovery plan here.

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Onyana Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really wonderful.
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gintele Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!!
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mikesmom37 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
ok...this is just incredibly cool and awesomely incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist
that's amazing <3
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CodenameAJ Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Gorgeous!!!!
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vinterbarnet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Really pretty! It must have taken a while to make all those feathers. Love all the details!
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MiniSteveK Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
You are such a creative individual. This is so beautiful.
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JyotiRaut Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Artist
This is wonderful! I like the stance of the birds!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There is no end o your talents!
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can do just about anything, can't you? :D  Beautiful work! :la:
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Nemmanoos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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fqtt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
whooaaa, this is super awesome!!  I love this style of art.  It's for such a great cause, as well!
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MelodiaMystic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning ! 
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KoohiiMonsutaa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy cow, those details.
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist
That's really lovely.
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jchau Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Very beautiful work!  Heart :happybounce: Heart
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Annaliese-Shelly Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Heart 
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DanzovaSun Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
WoW! super!!!)))
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awesomeXxO Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
It's marvelous :D
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viksyy Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
wonderful!
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vivianflowright Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A see a lot of work and a beautiful art!
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strawberryenigma Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Wow, how intricate... <3
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice work! :)
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
:iconheartsignplz: ADORABLE! Great job! :love: :clap::iconblakelord:
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XXLenaX Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful!!  Beautiful! :love:
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
This has been featured here
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Servaline Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
what did one motmot say to the other motmot?
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Aaaa it's beautiful! :love:
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afriendoffantasy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is wonderful!!  Beautiful!!!
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krystaaaalkay Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail in this is amazing. Fantastic work!
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TheEbilBunni Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Wow this is crazy awesome. How big is this and what are you gonna do with it. Like are you going to take it apart and throw it away or frame it or hang it? If it were me I'd find a way to glue it to my wall.
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chengda-inferno Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do you make this
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LuniLuna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3 Adorable!
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Mindslide Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Lovely!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Amazing :D fav
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Fireshifter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Incredible!!! I do some paper quilling but I have no ide how did your birds! You are beautifully talented! :glomp:
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FairysLiveHere Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing they look so real! :3
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, this looks like so much work - great job!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful! :wow:
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haselnusse Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful! No matter how long you spent on it, it was all worth it--both because it looks fantastic and it's for a great cause!
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El-R Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a very beautiful piece, made even more so because it's raising awareness.
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Respect! For both of your talent and subject matter!! Stunning indeed!Clap Clap Clap 
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Akaatje Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is amazing that you use your talent to raise more awareness for these endagered birds. And off course, this looks amazing as well :)
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silverwolf-song Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow those birds must have taken FOREVER! It's a beautiful piece for a wonderful cause! Brilliant work!
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Those feathers are gorgeous. Lovely work!
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CrescentNubila Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
They're beautiful! And very amazing work on these as well.

Such a shame humanity has played such a large role on their endangered species categorization. We're not good for many things at all. :/
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ententive Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the detail that went into this, it's amazing!
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Rach98 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that looks beautiful !
It looked like it was quite fiddly to do too (I wouldn't have the patience).
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