What is the Facebook purple bird, where did the Trash Dove sticker come from and who is Syd Weiler?

HAVE you seen a purple head-banging bird in Facebook comments?

If you haven’t, meet Trash Dove, a series of stickers has been taking over the social media site – but where did they come from and why?

What is the Facebook purple bird?

Trash Dove is a little cartoon bird that has been taking over comments sections on Facebook.

The bird has been created into its own virtual sticker set, which can be used in a similar way to emojis.

There is a different Trash Dove image for every scenario, and the bird can be used on Messenger or on post comments.

The collection includes a pizza-carrying bird, an office bird and a crying bird.

Where did the Trash Dove come from?

The quirky sticker grew in popularity in early February 2017 after it appeared on a Thailand facebook page when it was featured in a dance-off with a cartoon cat.

After just a week of being on the page, it had racked up 4 million views.

Not everyone is a fan of the flailing bird and its journey to Facebook domination.

A petition has been launched to ban the sticker set from clogging up Facebook feeds, with a bid to get 2,000 signatures.

Who is Syd Weiler?

The creator behind the Trash Dove series is Florida-based illustrator Syd Weiler.

She first drew the bird back in September 2016, and branched out to create the full set of stickers in January 2017.

According to the creative, there isn’t a specific meaning behind the birds.

She wrote on her Facebook page in October 2016: “In case you didn’t know, I made some fantastically dumb iOS stickers, you can spam your friends and family with them!”

After the Thai video went viral, many news sites picked up on the purple bobbing bird.

Weiler posted a thank you message on her Facebook page in response, which said: “Hello Thailand, thank you all so so much for your support. I’m really glad that you like the stickers.”

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