2018 AMI Online Salon

Syrinx Musculature Compared in Oscine vs Suboscine Passerines

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Sarah Mientka; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: UIC Biomedical Visualization Program
  • Copyright: © 2018 Sarah Mietnka
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Mudbox, Arnold Renderer, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign
  • Final presentation format: Educational Poster
  • Primary audience: Ornithologists in the field with knowledge in basic avian anatomy and taxonomy

Project Description

This poster is intended to bring clarity and beauty to a complex area of avian anatomy, the Syrinx. The focus is to highlight the staggering muscular difference between two suborders of Passerines, Oscines and Suboscines. Where Oscines produce complex vocalizations, Suboscines commonly do not and their musculature directly reflects this audible trend. This poster also illustrates an accurate example of each suborder and their typical habitat. A Baltimore Oriole and an Eastern Kingbird can be seen in the same geographic locations due to overlapping migration patterns. The birds are pictured in a Honey Locust, a tree of which both of these species are commonly spotted in. The Syrinx has been illustrated in many texts, but there is a lack of comparative visuals with regards to the different morphologies within suborders of various birds. Having a tool to directly compare each subject can aide in visual understanding, evoke interest, and incite new research ideas regarding avian anatomy.