The more I look at this, the more awesome it gets. It's the rarest of rare birds (no pun intended): a cartoon avian that looks and acts like a bird SHOULD. Using the wings and tail for balance while the foot pulls the goggles down? Picture perfect. In the terms of TVTropes, this is a great "Shown your work" piece.
And parrots are VERY handy with their feet and beaks, yeah.
But in a way the success is more subtle even then that. Parrots can 'bend' their legs alot more then your average passerine, just because they're evolved to be dexterous on their feet. Passerines are more designed for fixed perching, so their legs are both longer (in proportion) and much stiffer.
And even with that, you can STILL see the leg of the magpie stay fixed-angle when he raises his ankle to grip the goggles. Almost all the bending is in the toes and in the hips, which is as it should be in a passerine. And they ARE dexterous enough to reach their heads; I've seen more then enough Robins and crows scratching themselves to see that!
(Can you tell how much of a bird geek I really am?)
All that could be digested down to: you know your birds. Consciously or unconsciously, you made this old ornithologist very happy. And you may get a commission out of it, if and when you ever need one.
This is one of my favourite custom avatars you've done. How long do these takes. I understand that while the full speed finished product is short, that each frame takes a long while. Also what bird do you own?
Ah, I hope you keep these up. Just in terms of observation, they are quite good and I think it can only help your animation and drawing skills. Plus you are not relegated to just drawing the same thing.
This is my favourite of all your animated icons. It is SO fluid I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is. You have such talent, and especially with this no-lineart style. Wonderful work and I can't stop watching this! It's charming!
When you live with a bird, you start to understand just how expressive they really are. I tend to make the edges of the beak flexible and the eyes swivel to have more face to play with, but everything about bird body language is in the shape of the eye, the feathers, and posture.
In the meantime, I'm about ready to eat my hat from anxiety. I LOATHE doing nothing. No joke, you could stick me in a high pressure environment with LIVES on the line and I'd handle that far better than sitting in my room with nothing to do, waiting.
What an intriguing character! You really portrayed it well, especially with only flats. Marvelous movement and work with the magpie. I like the use and motion of the foot bringing down the goggles--quite creative and practical. The motion lines are a good touch as well--gives it a nice, illustrated feel. -- and yey for simple yet effective background imagery!