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Marabou by Eurwentala Marabou by Eurwentala
Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus), perhaps not the prettiest bird ever. It's a giant carrion-eating stork. Large specimens are reportedly as tall as I am. 

This is part of the collection of bald birds I made couple of years ago, but I only thought of colouring it today.
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Slogirl64 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not a pretty bird either so I have empathy with  the not so pretty creatures in the world!  Great picture.
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I think it's pretty^^ then again, I've a rather warped definition of pretty, at least when it comes to animals ;)
Collection of bald birds? I'm instantly intrigued!
Really love your attention to fine detail with the flesh wrinkles and the little bits of downy feathers.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thanks. :) 

I was talking about this collection from 2011: eurwentala.deviantart.com/art/…
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They all look so amazing^^ I love the vultures especially!
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
They can also top condors and albatrosses in wingspan and some giant prehistoric species was even larger.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
At a raptor centre where I've been doing volunteer work, they have one called Gaston. 
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
A marabou named Gaston?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes! It's very suitable.
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
While we're at the name...

GASTORNIS:  No one is a scarier bird than Gaston!  (Camera zooms out to see Titanis, Haast's Eagle, Argentavis, Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus looking down on Gastornis.)


GASTONIA:  No one is a pricklier grump than Gaston!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Gaston seems to be a popular name for obscure badass animals.
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