Giving personalities to these birds has made me start thinking of them the other way around. Making birds for people I know. Here are birds that represent four of my coworkers.
Sharon, the bird blocks average about eight inches square. The wing is based on a 4-1/2" HST. The size of the small HST's on the breast can determine if the bird is fat or squat or skinny. Obviously I vary the size and angle of the beaks, and the legs for each bird depend on my mood. I don't use a pattern. I just "wing it." And sometimes the bird just needs to be bigger to accommodate the size of the print I want to showcase on the wing.