Malherbe's Parakeet, Orange-fronted Parakeet

Malherbe's Parakeet, Orange-fronted Parakeet

Artist: John Megahan
Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Malherbe's Parakeet, Orange-fronted Parakeet by John Megahan
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
PSITTACIDAE
Order: 
PSITTACIFORMES
Genus: 
Cyanoramphus
Species: 
malherbi
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Souanc, 1857
Medium: 
Oil
Artist Statement: 
The loss of biodiversity is a crisis for humanity. This indicates that humans are disturbing the biome far beyond its ability to heal itself. The disturbances come from pollution, overuse, direction destruction and many other insults. We cannot continue without ultimately destroying ourselves. There are only about 200 Malherbe's parakeets left in the wild. They were widespread on New Zealand in the 19th century but due mainly to the introduction of new species this species is now hanging on by a thread.