Jocotoco Antpitta

Jocotoco Antpitta

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Jocotoco Antpitta by Emily Lozeron
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
GRALLARIIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Grallaria
Species: 
ridgelyi
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Krabbe, Agro, Rice, Jacome, Navarrete & Sornoza, 1999
Medium: 
ACRYLIC
Artist Statement: 
This secretive and recently discovered bird lives on the eastern side of the Andes mountains. Initially found in Ecuador and recently suspected to live further south in the Andes. However it is threatened by logging, human settlement and gold mining. I find it ironic that the in order to find gold, the real gems of the area are going extinct. The Jocotoco Antpitta are fairly large and the size of a melon and feed on army ants and small insects.