I have never done paper piecing before and found this block user friendly. I thought using batik for birds wing would be great along with a cream, off white or light tan background. If you want a video tutorial that was helpful to get me started The Crafty Gemini does a very basic paper piecing project that helps with basic concept.
The first step is to print the pattern...here is the link http://www.mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Bird_Block.pdf
Continue to next background piece
Add another background piece to form leg and the repeat
Then just cut out around dotted lines
Next step is the body, I just labeled several of the pieces to give you an idea how each piece looks as you go.
This is what the body looks like before trimming.
Finish by adding top piece of background and you have a bird!