Orange-bellied Trogan (Trogon aurantiiventri)
The word “trogon” is Greek for “nibbling” and refers to the fact that these birds gnaw holes in trees to make their nests.  The word “orange-bellied” makes reference to the citrus glow of their rotund tummy tum tums.

Orange-bellied Trogan (Trogon aurantiiventri)

The word “trogon” is Greek for “nibbling” and refers to the fact that these birds gnaw holes in trees to make their nests.  The word “orange-bellied” makes reference to the citrus glow of their rotund tummy tum tums.


Another great comic con in the books with awesome friends old and new! A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to give our art a new home or just to say hi.  If you missed out on a bird or have a special request send an email to mahteeka@gmail.com.  Also if you want to keep current with my husband’s illustrations check out horsepuppy.com.

Another great comic con in the books with awesome friends old and new! A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to give our art a new home or just to say hi. If you missed out on a bird or have a special request send an email to mahteeka@gmail.com. Also if you want to keep current with my husband’s illustrations check out horsepuppy.com.


Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii)
These strange fellows are most known for their elaborate courtship display that involves a technique called skypointing  paired with with a two step dance to show off their lack of red feet.

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii)

These strange fellows are most known for their elaborate courtship display that involves a technique called skypointing  paired with with a two step dance to show off their lack of red feet.


Red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)
This graceful seabird has two elegant and elongated tail feathers as well as a striking mask and a bold crimson beak. They are strong plunge divers and have been known to take flying fish on the wing.  However on land their short legs quickly turn them into clumsy teens at a school dance.

Red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)

This graceful seabird has two elegant and elongated tail feathers as well as a striking mask and a bold crimson beak. They are strong plunge divers and have been known to take flying fish on the wing.  However on land their short legs quickly turn them into clumsy teens at a school dance.


Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
The “pirate bird” earned his reputation by stealing food from other seabirds.  In the Galapagos Islands where I saw this fellow, good nesting material is hard to come by and it will also be claimed as pirate booty.

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

The “pirate bird” earned his reputation by stealing food from other seabirds.  In the Galapagos Islands where I saw this fellow, good nesting material is hard to come by and it will also be claimed as pirate booty.


White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa)
These highly social jays breed cooperatively with one dominant female, her mate, and female offspring who tend to the queen and her young.  Now the feathery crown makes sense.

White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa)

These highly social jays breed cooperatively with one dominant female, her mate, and female offspring who tend to the queen and her young.  Now the feathery crown makes sense.


Green Shrike-vireo (Vireolanius pulchellus)
We saw this adorably green fellow in Cloud Forest Monteverdi, Costa Rica while sitting on a quiet ridge eating a pack lunch and looking for tapirs.

Green Shrike-vireo (Vireolanius pulchellus)

We saw this adorably green fellow in Cloud Forest Monteverdi, Costa Rica while sitting on a quiet ridge eating a pack lunch and looking for tapirs.


Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Researchers claim that the black mask is an important signal to males fighting for territory.  They observed these behaviors by adding black paper masks to the plainer stuffed female Yellowthroats but I think it was just an excuse for bird nerd Zoro cosplay.

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Researchers claim that the black mask is an important signal to males fighting for territory.  They observed these behaviors by adding black paper masks to the plainer stuffed female Yellowthroats but I think it was just an excuse for bird nerd Zoro cosplay.


Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
These non vocal birds communicate by “drumming”.  Some people believe this is the heart beat of mother earth and represent retuning to the womb. Really it’s a lot of gossip about bugs.

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

These non vocal birds communicate by “drumming”.  Some people believe this is the heart beat of mother earth and represent retuning to the womb. Really it’s a lot of gossip about bugs.


Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris)
Charles Darwin called what we know today as bumble bees “humble-bees”

Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris)

Charles Darwin called what we know today as bumble bees “humble-bees”


Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
These little potatoes do not migrate and do not like the cold.  Please when you hear their song of “tea-kettle-tea-kettle-tea-kettle” give them a spot of tea to warm their tummies till spring.

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

These little potatoes do not migrate and do not like the cold.  Please when you hear their song of “tea-kettle-tea-kettle-tea-kettle” give them a spot of tea to warm their tummies till spring.


Madison Audubon Society Art Fair 2013
Hey there and a big thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the Madison Audubon Society Art Fair!!   Joe and I meet a bunch a wonderful people and fellow bird nerds. We received a warm welcome and left lighter a few birds but heavier a few pounds of cheese and brats!  We even had a chance to visit the International Crane Foundation to see all 15 species cranes. 
And for those of you who couldn’t decide which of Joe’s bird prints to purchase you can find them at www.horsepuppy.com

Madison Audubon Society Art Fair 2013

Hey there and a big thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the Madison Audubon Society Art Fair!!   Joe and I meet a bunch a wonderful people and fellow bird nerds. We received a warm welcome and left lighter a few birds but heavier a few pounds of cheese and brats!  We even had a chance to visit the International Crane Foundation to see all 15 species cranes.

And for those of you who couldn’t decide which of Joe’s bird prints to purchase you can find them at www.horsepuppy.com


Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
In Greek mythology Alcyone found her husband drowned and cast herself into the sea. The gods rewarded her devotion by turning her into a kingfisher and forbade the winds to blow during the “Halcyon Days” when legend has it that the kingfisher lays its eggs.

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

In Greek mythology Alcyone found her husband drowned and cast herself into the sea. The gods rewarded her devotion by turning her into a kingfisher and forbade the winds to blow during the “Halcyon Days” when legend has it that the kingfisher lays its eggs.


White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Young sparrows will learn their song during their first few months from friends and family in their neighborhoods.  As a result birds have developed regional dialects. Some say “you all”  while others prefer “y’all” or “yall”.

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Young sparrows will learn their song during their first few months from friends and family in their neighborhoods.  As a result birds have developed regional dialects. Some say “you all”  while others prefer “y’all” or “yall”.


Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Song Sparrows, being ground nesters are not interested in building their nests in cavities of any kind including a nest box. This is perhaps why there are no birdhouses that have been built specifically for the Song Sparrow. These guys don’t need our help anyway they are one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrows, being ground nesters are not interested in building their nests in cavities of any kind including a nest box. This is perhaps why there are no birdhouses that have been built specifically for the Song Sparrow. These guys don’t need our help anyway they are one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species.