Boa Nova Tapaculo

Boa Nova Tapaculo

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Boa Nova Tapaculo by Patricia Latas1
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
RHINOCRYPTIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Scytalopus
Species: 
gonzagai
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Nachtigall Maurcio, Belmonte-Lopes, Pacheco, Silveira, Whitney & Bornschein, 2014
Medium: 
mixed: graphite, ink, digital
Artist Statement: 
This drawing was made many years ago as a sketch in the field. Tapaculos are very interesting birds, from their evolutionary connections down to individual behavior. They are compelling for many reasons, not the least of which is the literal translation of tapaculo is "cover your a**"! In selecting species to illustrate for the Silent Skies Mural, I chose birds who I have actually seen in the wild or at least their very near relatives. In my other life, I am a wildlife and avian veterinarian, interested in conservation, and serve various organizations in that professional capacity. The opportunity to bring some of the lesser-known and less-spectacular species to light is a real privilege, and reflects the mission of Artists for Conservation. These birds demand and deserve our attention and their extinction would be a tragic loss to the biodiversity and beauty and brilliance of our precious planet.