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Firebird you might say, 'But we already now what a Phoenix is!'. Well, you may know the myths of the Asian, or Greek Phoenix, but the Firebird is a bit different.

The Firebird, comes from Russian mythos, and is called the 'zhar-ptitsa' or Heat Bird. Originally depicted not as a crane or peacock like bird, the Russian Firebird is usually drawn as more eagle like, or at times as a pheasant like bird. It glows brightly in golds and silvers, and even it's feathers continue to glow after being removed. This firey beast doesn't burn itself in a pyre of rebirth either, hardly Phoenis like at all!

For this feature I went out into the wilds of DA and went on a hunt for some more unique Firebird and Phoenix designs to showcase.

Firebird by wunderbear :thumb58014502: :thumb52335291: :thumb50622854: FireBird - FINAL by ZsArtEr Zhyree by evanescence Watercolor Phoenix by lablue Birdish by Pristrix Phoenix by Sasky

And I even manged to hunt down three 3D Firebirds on my journey.

The Phoenix and the Halcyon by RedDrgn Phoenix Plush by sandrabong

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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow...I got a comment saying that I had been featured in this article. It's such an honor and it really means a lot. It's great to read that people like my bird's design.

It's fascinating to learn about similar birds from mythology and other cultures. I've heard about ''firebirds'', but I didn't know it was a bird from Russian mythos!

Reading about the Russian Firebird's physical description in the article surprised me. It really matches my bird's design: ''eagle like, or at times as a pheasant like bird. It glows brightly in golds and silvers.''
When I did the picture, I didn't know about the Russian Firebird at all. So that's why my bird is a Phoenix. But it does bear some resemblance to the Firebird.

Thanks so muchly!
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sandrabong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Thanks for the feature!
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senshuu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Inspiration for my novel! I didn't know what a regular Phoenix looked like, so I called mine like an eagle/pheasant. Funny how that's actually a version!
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CaligoGreywings Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They also like cherries. :3
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GaruryKai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah xD thanks for the featuring ;3;
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Laphyette Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
I remember a firebird from Fantasia 2000, it was sleeping in a volcano and some ridiculous Nymph went and woke the angry bastard up, resulting in the destruction of everything.
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Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful feature. :) It's so nice to see someone still remembers Russian mythology... I'm even more pleased to see you got the name and the translation right. :D
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely selections! :D
I did an illustration of the Firebird Russian tale the other day :). I love firebirds, and it's nice to see that some others on DA know of them as well! :D
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Ryshili Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly most of deviations say Phoenix. D;
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vaia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful selections :aww:
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