Leila Jeffreys Beautiful Bird Art


Australian based photographer Leila Jeffreys portraits of native Australian birds are the perfect art choice for injecting a dose of personality and happiness to any interior design scheme.

Leila is not only a photographer she is a ‘bird whisperer of sorts’ and has a way with birds which puts them at ease and allows her to truly capture their unique personalities, whether it is inquisitive ‘Pepper’ the Southern Boobook Owl or the cheeky smile of ‘Mrs Skyring’ the Gang-Gang Cockatoo.

Her childhood was anything but ordinary. She spent her early years growing up surrounded by wildlife in Papua New Guinea, India, and Western Australia and it was not uncommon for her family to take sick animals and birds under their wings (pardon the pun) and nurse them back to good health!  Budgies flew freely in the large atrium of their home and one particular budgie chose to sleep cheek to cheek with Leila, despite having a little spot in her room to roost. The affection and connection she has with the birds comes across in her photos and you get the sense that the birds enjoy posing for the camera.

Shot in a studio setting in a crisp, clean format and printed large-scale, the sharpness of detail and complexity of colors and textures give her photos a mesmerizing and dramatic quality.

It is no surprise that her images have proved a hit with art lovers all over the world starting with her ‘Portrait of a Budgerigar‘ series back in 2010 followed by ‘Biloela – Wild Cockatoos‘ (my personal favorite), ‘Birds of Prey‘ and ‘Ode to a Tawny‘.

If you are looking for fun, uplifting art, these hit the mark and work in both modern and traditional interior schemes, of which we have included some examples below.


Here you see how ‘Neville’ fits in perfectly with the natural elements and color combination in this relaxed, light and airy, modern bedroom. ‘Neville’ Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo by Leila Jeffreys. Image source: Est Magazine Photography: Justin Alexander


‘Ash’ Grey Falcon by Leila Jeffreys.


The bird pictures add character to this modern tropical-inspired dining space.  ‘Mrs Skyring‘ Gang-Gang Cockatoo and ‘Slim‘ Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo by Leila Jeffreys. Image source: Design by Justine Hugh Jones 


Seisa‘ Palm Cockatoo by Leila Jeffreys.


Seisa‘ Palm Cockatoo print is the perfect focal point for this room, complimenting the textural furnishings and earthy color palette. Photography: Sean Fennessy


The playful nature of ‘Slim’ the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is just what this modern Skandi kids bedroom needs. Image Source: Inside Out Magazine


I would love to see ‘Pete’ Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo displayed in a dark and moody, jewel coloured dining room.


These bird prints seem fitting in this classic, sophisticated dressing room where grooming and presentation is the order of the day. Image source: Habachy Designs


Is it the eyes or the little skinny legs that make ‘Pepper Southern Boobook Owl so adorable?


 ‘Terri’ the budgie by Leila Jeffreys is the perfect pop of color against the yellow pin leg chair in the happy, beach home. Image Source: Briar Stanley


‘Melba’ Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo by Leila Jeffreys

For more information or to purchase one of these art pieces visit Leila Jeffreys website. You can also find some of her recent work on display at Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale, UK from 4 July – 5 September 2015.

Other prints of Leila’s Budgerigar series are available via Jonathan Adler.

We hope you find these prints as inspiring as we do.

Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.
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