While painting this a colleague with Persian roots commented that the bird looked like a bird well known in Iran, from a fairytale. Unfortunately I do not recall the name of the Persian fairytale bird.
This was certainly not conceived as a "Persian" motif. I did not know that Persians had fairytales about some bird that could possibly look like this one. To me this bird is entirely from fantasy, and does not belong to any particular nation, country, or culture (although, for obvious reasons, my own culture would be my first choice, should I choose)