One of my more neurotic creations. Years ago I got hold of a bunch of basswood eggs. These are different than wooden eggs made for sock darning, etc. Basswood is about the hardness of pine but with less pronounced grain. VERY good carving wood.
Lot of fellow carvers were carving faces/heads from these but I got started making animals. The carving had to clearly represent the animal while still giving the impression of an egg. I ended up doing maybe 60 different designs, some I really liked, some not so much. This one however is one of a kind. I never did another like it and never will. It was a taxation of my fine carving patience.
If you look closely you can see the bird sitting on the perch inside the cage. He has tiny black eyes, as you can also see. He does not have toes, I'm not that obsessive!