Bamboo Bird


Bamboo Bird stone sculpture

During my struggle with Partridge I took time away from my carving to learn a bit more about the bird, its feeding, habitat, biology and history, thinking that this might help with the likeness.

I came across the Kojukei (a name given from the sound the bird makes) – Bambusicola thoracica, Chinese Bamboo Partridge and Bambusicola Fytchii, Mountain Bamboo Partridge.  They live in bamboo forests, foraging in the bamboo groves for seeds, shoots, leaves and insects.

Bamboo Bird sculpture

What a captivating little bird – when pairing up in the breeding season the male and female birds sing duets – the male starting by calling and the female making reply, and this continues – presumably until they’ve achieved full matrimony.

Breeding occurs between March and September.  A simple scrape in the ground is made, then lined with grass.  The female incubates the eggs, meanwhile the male stays close to the nest and feeds the female, and once hatched, the chicks.

Bamboo bird stone sculpture

For some reason I was rather taken with this bamboo eating bird and immediately saw it in stone.  So here is Bamboo Bird. When I imagined the sculpture, it was a pair of birds, so this one will have a partner – I’m working on it now.









  1. Comment by Ellen Abbott:

    what a wonderfully fat and round partridge.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Yes, plump partridge

  2. Comment by Amanda:

    The bird just looks wonderful, I love your are so cleaver…
    Amanda xx

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Thanks for lovely comment Amanda

  3. Comment by Alistair Park:

    The round body reminds me of the shape of an egg, with the sharply picked out detail of the adult bird’s head and tail emerging from it. Beautifully stylised!

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      I hadn’t thought of this when carving, but in the photo it does have that look, I think a few of my pieces do! Thanks for your lovely comment.

  4. Comment by countrysidetales:

    Lovely! Looks so soft. It always amazes me how stone can look like almost anything it chooses under a skilled pair of hands.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      It is very interesting as I would describe myself as an advocate of the principle of truth to materials – to exalt and celebrate stoniness – and yet whilst carving intensely pursue the liveliness of my subject – a sort of tug-of-war. (or tug-of-love).

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