Long-tailed Woodnymph

Long-tailed Woodnymph

Long-tailed Woodnymph by Kim Middleton
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
TROCHILIDAE
Order: 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Genus: 
Thalurania
Species: 
watertonii
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Bourcier, 1847)
Medium: 
Oil
The surviving population of Long-tailed Woodnymphs have been pushed into a small area of lowland forests on the central coast of Brazil. Although, this hummingbird can tolerate some man-made habitats, its population has been reduced to less than 2500 individuals. Also, the severity of habitat fragmentation has isolated various sub-populations to no more than 250 birds. The full body iridescence of male woodnymphs is striking to see. The Purple-crowned Woodnymph is a similar species I have photographed in the mountains of Costa Rica. Using these reference photos, I changed the purple forehead to green, extended the green onto the belly, left the purple flanks and extended the tail.