Learning Bird Skeletal Anatomy Will Help You Be a Better Bird Artist

Jul 20, 2020
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One of the easiest ways to improve your bird art is to learn a bit about skeletal anatomy. Once you know how birds are put together, it gets so much easier to understand what parts go in which places, especially when your photo reference isn’t what you’d like it to be.

There are many great resources of learning more about bird skeletal anatomy. Here are just a few.

  • Brian McCauley’s Bio 6A: McCauley’s site gives a very nice overview of the most important aspects of skeletal anatomy with brief, simple explanations and a few illustrations.
  • Skullsite: It’s not just skulls! You can see full skeletons in full rotation. There aren’t many species represented but you will get a much better feel for how the skeleton looks in 3 dimensional space.
  • Biomechanics of Avian Flight: This video shows an animated bird skeleton and explains how the skeletal system allows birds to fly.

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