In my katazome work I have been interested in using Australian birds and flora.
So I was really surprised when I found a few paintings by Itō Jakuchū incorporating what look like cockatoos and eclectus parrots! (http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/education-resources/eclectus-parrot.html)
These are part of a painting tradition in Japan called kachoga 花鳥画, meaning flower and bird paintings.
Seems that exotic birds have long been present in Japanese art and textiles. Its nice to think I am continuing in this tradition.