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Thread: C.O.W. - #004: Venomous Bird
February 19th, 2005 #1
C.O.W. - #004: Venomous Bird
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You know, it just struck me that it really looks like Matt's Mad C.O.W. decapited the Jull-Llama and posted it up at the top
On the plus side though, the paint brush points almost directly to the J-LLa head
Okay, I'll shut up now.
February 19th, 2005 #3
What are you talking about???
btw i want to say that this topic sounds boring but i think "birds" as a subject are very rarely done in conceptart...it will be very interesting to see the approaches of our members for this topic...it's a hard one and that's the challenge...
February 19th, 2005 #4
I was talking about pasta. Yeah.
Any-hooo, yeah. Birds. Venomous boids. Got it. Venomous boids are good. Especially when fixed with a little Oregano...
k... never mind...
February 19th, 2005 #5
February 19th, 2005 #6
Name: Benno Bathurst
Benno Bathurst is named after a mad scientist by the same name who spent his life in his home laboratory creating homicidal creatures who rampaged the surrounding villages. The animals were eventually tracked back to the scientists cottage where he was found guilty of being the cause of deaths numbering in the hundreds. Benno's bird has been killing people with no reason since Benno's death. With a hollow beak he poisons his victims with a vicious peck. Venom is secreted through a small hole in the point of his beak from a large venom-filled gland which rests under his beak, giving him a striking resemblance to the man whom he is superstitiously feared to be the ghost of.
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February 19th, 2005 #7
Helping ideas from davi:
1) in Colombia, there are 6 types of birds which secrete poison onto their wings, they get the poison by eatting poison filled beetles.
2) Vultures have an acid which is called, uric acid. They urinate on their legs so that when they step in their rotten meals it doesn't infect them. Go go pee acid!
February 19th, 2005 #8
Thanks davi. Well, that pretty well blows *my* idea. I was going to do some sort of avian critter that secreted it's poison on its body. But, looks like Mother Nature beat me to it
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February 20th, 2005 #9
The venom of the flightless 'Loogee Bird' is actually a potent flesh-eating bacteria, cultured in thin chambers in the creature's throat and mixed with a heavy mucus which allows it to be carried into the beak. This sticky, evil-smelling poison forms a kind of acid, which liquifies most biological matter at an alarming rate and forms the first stage of the bird's digestive system. Usual practise is for the creature to roughly chop it's prey using it's strong serrated beak, liberally depositing the venom as it does so, before licking up the partially-digested broth that remains once the bacteria has done it's work.
These 8 foot tall predators, which can run at speeds in excess of 90mph, easily dominate the food chain on their home planet of Loogee 4, perhaps due in part to their sophisticted and very efficient hunting method. The birds have a duct in their tongue which allows them to project a jet of venom over short distances - they sprint within range, then spit poison onto the body of their prey, usually favouring the legs or head. The acidic mucus slowly disables the effected animal which the 'Loogee Bird' is now able to track at a gentle pace, conserving energy. Once it's prey is sufficiently weakened, the bird is able to approach and devour it's meal with minimum effort. Yummy.
February 20th, 2005 #10
February 20th, 2005 #11
Matt Ups the Antee Again
Great work Matt, those brush strokes are killer. Looks like we all gotta put in some over time to make ours compete in this one.
Mine will be here soon.
Wait a minute, did I just say we have to compete above? But doesn't my tag line say we DON'T compete against each other?? Does... not.... compute...... system... error...........
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February 20th, 2005 #12
The Gravelheart Bird was spends most of it's time hunting and tracking large bears. It's throat contains an acid which is used to spit into the eyes, mouth or any open sours of it's prey that will slowly decay and infect the body. It hunts by poisioning it's prey and then tracking it until it dies. The Gravelheart then will strike the prey when it's near final breathe, and hopefully the prey will have lead the Gravel heart straight to it's nest-- Where it can get an easy meal off baby creatures or unhatched eggs.
February 20th, 2005 #13
Awesome entries so far!
Although not part of the penguin family, this bird shares many of the penguin's traits and was believed to be a relative by early scientists. It is a flightless bird that has evolved into an excellent swimmer, living exclusively in the southern hemisphere. Its diet consists mainly of extremely poisonous blowfish. The Vomiting Penguin's digestive system seperates the poisonous sections of the fish before they reach the stomach and stores them in a protective sac. At any time, the Vomiting Penguin can regurgitate this violently noxious brew. A teaspoon of the substance absorbed through the skin is enough to kill an adult human. The vomit is usually used as a defense mechanism or to mark territory; however, the birds have been known to lay grass and flowers over the puddles of vomit in order to trick victims into unknowingly coming into contact with it. They do not eat the victims, so it is unknown why they lay these traps. Perhaps they are just mean.
February 20th, 2005 #14
South American Sneezing Crane
the south american sneezing crane, given its name because of its ability to "sneeze" poison from its nose, is famous for its brightly coloured feathers and ruthless hunting methods. the poison is stored in a sack within the back of the birds skull and is discharged, with deadly accuracy and range, through a second set of nostrals on the creatures beak. the poison isnt "too" harmful to humans but is somewhat deadly to the birds prey, which is mainly other small birds and land mammels. first the poison is sprayed into the eyes of another creature causing instant blindness and eventual paralysis, which is commonly done mid air against smaller birds. the sneezing crane waits for the poisoned prey to fall from the sky where it will find the corpse and feed. in some occasions the bird has been known to also hunt small tree monkeys and wild boars.
February 20th, 2005 #15
Imperial Barbed Night Minstrel
Common Name (preferred): Imperial Barbed Night Minstrel
Scientific Name: Imperatorius Perpcacis Nocturnus Orphei
Size (length, wingspan, & weight) Length—4.25" from tip of tail to tip of beak. Wingspan— 5.25" Weight—3.5 grams
Habitat: From marshy coastal waters to lush farmland areas.
Diet: Small insects, some flowering plants.
General Biology: A relatively recent species of bird, the Imperial Barbed Night Minstrel is commonly mistaken for some species of hummingbird as well as some of the larger species of moth. The Night Minstrel is a mostly nocturnal bird, feeding off of mosquitoes and other small nightime insects. It derives its name from its barbed feathers at the end of its tail and wingtips as well as its distinctive choir-like song. Known to be a venomous bird, of which only less than a half-dozen species are known to exist. It was once thought that it’s anal glands were the source of the toxin, however after recent findings have discovered that all species of this bird have an anal parasite which is in fact the source of the venom. The Malerondia Analicthys or Anal Fish Noodler, shares this symbiotic relationship with the Night Minstrel for the better of both species. The Night Minstrels “bodyguard” provides the protection while its host provides food and shelter. The venom secreted from the parasite weeps through the posterior of the bird from which the bird would rub the toxin with its beak down the length of its tail and wingtips. Being armed in flight now with the toxic venom at each extremity of its body the Night Minstrel can feed without the fear of being eaten by hungry predators. Any creature which ingests the venom will suffer severe neurotoxic shock and death.
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