A question (slightly unrelated to this particular piece): when making a model you wet-fold, do you still paint it beforehand? If yes, does the dampening of the paper affect the dried paint? Just curious!
A very prettily-shaped rendition, and I like how you have it perched with head tilted up, as if he's singing...lovely!
I almost always paint the paper entirely before making any folds. Other times, I will pre-fold a few lines to find some spots and paint specific parts with different patterns, like I did for the giraffe and the hyena.
I usually fold dry until the final stages and then apply a cmc solution (methylcellulose) with a brush to the areas I will want to work with. If I don't wet the paper too much, it has no effect on the paint and when it dries, it will hold much better than water alone and stays workable, since it is very diluted. It is something that kinda needs to be done when I take them on photo trips, in order for them to survive.