70% done with The Painted Bird

Handsome Laba is a painted bird. He was already better looking and stood out from the flock and when he came back to the flock, perhaps after selling himself for money(?), and now dressed in fine clothes, the villagers grew jealous and angry and envious. And while they didn’t kill him, the theft of his paint (nice clothes) drove him to kill himself. Message, fit in, don’t be conspicuous. Conform. Difference is hated.