This is where I finished at today.
Step by step to get here follows.
I darkened in the legs, perch and the bottom of the Phoenix body.
Next I decided the wings were to high and I wanted the head to stick up more, so
I moved the wings down lower using white and black paint.
Continuing that process I also lightened up some of the head, chest and legs.
I painted over most of the white with light yellow and added detail to the legs and feet.
I worked more on the highlights of everything here.
I did a wash of purple on the background and hit the highlights on the perch again.
Here I painted light yellow over the white highlights again.
Finally I added the shadows back into the perch and more detail into the legs and feet.