Do you like to watch birds? I do. There is something so peaceful and natural about seeing them fly around in the sky. But what you may not know is that many of these birds are in danger of becoming extinct. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to conserve bird species. Every little bit helps, and by taking a few simple steps, we can make a big difference for these animals.

Vaishali and Nayan are paper-cut artists in India. Many years ago, they started a one-year challenge to create miniature birds using paper and watercolor paint. They did it every day for the entire year.

Then, the project grew into something bigger. They continued their series until 2020 after 1,000 artworks had been created.

The creative process starts with a simple sketch on paper. Then, different layers are traced from the sketch on 200 GSM watercolor paper. After that, each layer is hand-cut and ready for coloring. Each layer is painstakingly painted with watercolors until finally, all the layers are assembled to form the 3-dimensional look for the tiny colorful birds.

Each artwork takes around 4-8 hours to complete, depending on the detail that needs to go into each piece, such as feathers and colors. The tiniest birds only measure 0.7 inches in height from head to tail.

Through their artwork, they hope to showcase the beauty and significance of rare birds. Vaishali does the watercolors, and Nayan does the paper cutting.

The pair will soon start their ventures focusing on different types of art related to wildlife. Before paper art, they used to create miniature architectural models. They got their first job together in NID as miniature model makers in 2014. After a couple of years, they left to start working as full-time paper-cut artists.

Although they’ve worked in many different genres, nature has always been their first love. This prompted their first 1000-day series in 2018 to help raise awareness about nature.

1. Burrowing Owl

2. Osprey

3. Red-Vented Bubul

4. Green-Backed Heron

5. Bearded Reedling

6. Albino Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

7. Asian Koel

8. Peregrine Falcon

9. Shama Vs Satsumadori

10. Great Egrets

11. Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo Couple

12. Baby Emu

13. Costa’s Hummingbird

14. Little Blue Heron

15. Eurasian Robin

16. Sparrow Fight

17. Common Kestrel

18. Kiwi

19. Duckling

20. Andean Flamingo

21. Maroon Oriole

22. Ochre-Collard Monarch

23. Hummingbirds

24. Spatuletail Hummingbird

25. Black Heron

26. Tufted Titmouse

27. Blue Bird

28. White-Headed Vulture

29. Black Swan

30. Black-Capped Chickadee With A Red Squirrel

There are many things you can do to help conserve bird species. One easy way is to provide a nesting box for them in your backyard.

You can also plant trees and shrubs that you like so they have somewhere to perch and feed.

Keeping your cat indoors will also help conserve bird populations since cats are natural predators of birds.

Finally, properly dispose of your garbage and recycle, as both can attract unwanted pests that prey on birds.

We can all work together to help safeguard our precious feathered friends by taking these simple steps.

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