Look Closer And You’ll Be Surprised What These Birds Are Actually Made Of

Oh the deception! What you might mistake for real birds are actually 3D paper sculptures by artist Diana Beltran Herrera. She hand-makes these lifelike models by gluing layers of paper to form the torso, wings, and head. Carefully-cut pieces of paper are then meticulously added to serve as the birds’ glorious feathers. It takes her anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks to finish each piece, which is totally amazing, considering she just makes these during her spare time!

Herrera, who is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Art, makes these intricate sculptures for private commissions and for luxury brands. Some of the bird species she’s recreated in her craft are a flamingo, a blue heron, a crane, a red belied woodpecker, and a cardinal.
You can see more of Herrera’s works on Flickr.