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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 Traditional 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!
sandrabong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Thanks for the feature!
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!
CaligoGreywings Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They also like cherries. :3
GaruryKai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah xD thanks for the featuring ;3;
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.
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
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
Ryshili Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly most of deviations say Phoenix. D;
vaia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful selections :aww:
Elfanta Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
O.o holy crap I'm featured xD thank you :-*
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