The story of a blue bird

the blue tit

Hello friends! Today I want to show you my recent painting and the story behind it. I named this piece `the blue tit`, after the bird with the same name. Actually, the real name of this bird is Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) and it is a common bird in Europe and Asia. It is easily recognizable by its blue and yellow plumage and small size.

I tried to reproduce the best that I could the color of the bird. In reality are way more details on its body. A typical Eurasian blue tit has an azure-blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin, giving the bird a very distinctive appearance. The forehead and a bar on the wing are white. The nape, wings and tail are blue and the back is yellowish green. The underparts is mostly sulphur-yellow with a dark line down the abdomen. The yellowness is indicative of the number of yellowy-green caterpillars eaten, due to high levels of carotene pigments in the diet. The bill is black, the legs blue-ish gray, and the irides dark brown. The sexes are similar, but under ultraviolet light, males have a brighter blue crown. Young blue tits are noticeably more yellow. 

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The blue tit – oil painting on canvas (13×18 cm) – 2019

This bird has an interesting story, even it is very common, and we can find it in parks or gardens in the early spring. The color of its feathers are pretty unique because blue is not a very usual color that we see on animals and people are generally attracted with unusual things. Maybe that is way through years in different cultures this bird received interesting symbols.

The Blue Tit symbolizes a loyal and faithful love, because this birds have only one mate in life. Blue Tits never fly far distances from their homes, so the sight of them always denote good tidings to a sailor. It would mean that land is near. Blue Tits are also believed to carry the spirits of sailors who have died at sea, to their home in heaven. The Blue Tit can represent the best things in life, in Celtic symbolism is seen as a powerful symbol. During the earlier eras of our life, Blue Tits were connected with the gods and the soul of those people who died. The Greek and Roman’s believed in gods who transformed themselves into Blue Tits. Killing a Blue Tit was considered to be an immoral practice.

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This is a beautiful and simple bird with a powerful meaning of life. I hope you had the opportunity to see one, it is a magical creature indeed. But if you never saw one, I gave you the opportunity now. You can admire my reproduction of this tiny little bird, oil painted on canvas. If you want this painting on your home, you can get it from my online shop or send me an email if you need more information.

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O pasare speciala – A special bird

Paunul este o pasare inconfundabila, de talie mare cu pene frumos colorate. Face parte din familia Phasianide, ordinul Galliformes, fiind reprezentat de doua specii: Pavo cristatus (paunul asiatic, albastru) si Pavo muticus (paunul verde). Aceasta pasare este arhicunoscuta datorita penajului impresionant, insa, specia prezinta un puternic dimorfism sexual ceea ce denota faptul ca indivizii arata foarte diferit in functie de sex. Masculul are corpul acoperit cu pene albastre sau verzi si o coada lunga si viu colorata. Datorita lungimii cozii, paunul nu poate zbura decat pe distante foarte scurte. Femela, spre deosebire de mascul, nu are un aspect la fel de spectaculos. Penele sale sunt colorate in nuante de maro si gri, iar coada este mult mai scurta si mai putin colorata.

DSC_0428Paunul este o pasare tropicala, cu origine in regiunea asiatica, fiind considerat simbol national pentru India. Datorita frumusetii sale, a fost domesticit in urma cu mai bine de 2000 de ani si folosit ca pasare decorativa in gradinile si curtile regale. In foarte scurt timp, specia s-a raspandit in diferite colturi ale lumii, este rezistenta la schimbarile de temperatura si de asemenea este o pasare longeviva, in captivitate traind intre 20-40 de ani.DSC_0383DSC_0389Mai rar si mai deosebit decat paunul albastru-asiatic, este paunul alb. Nu reprezinta o specie diferita, culoarea alba se datoreaza unor mutatii genetice suferite de paunul asiatic. Acesta poate fi intalnit in unele gradini zoologice sau in India, singurul loc unde aceste pasari traiesc si in salbaticie.

 

De-a lungul timpului, paunul a fost personajul principal in diferite mituri si legende. In hinduism se spune ca paunul este reprezentarea fizica a zeului Skanda, iar in Sri Lanka reprezinta puterea tunetului. De asemenea, multe dansuri indiene sunt inspirate din dansul de imperechere al acestor pasari. Desi nu este regiunea sa de origine, Europa, a adoptat paunul in culturile sale. Grecii il considerau simbol al zeitei Hera, iar romanii cresteau paunul pentru carnea sa, fiind considerata o delicatesa.DSC_0366.JPGAdela Teban