Kaempfer's Tody-tyrant, Kaempfer's Tody-Tyrant

Kaempfer's Tody-tyrant, Kaempfer's Tody-Tyrant

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Kaempfer's Tody-tyrant, Kaempfer's Tody-Tyrant by Patricia Latas1
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
TYRANNIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Hemitriccus
Species: 
kaempferi
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Zimmer, 1953)
Synonyms: 
Idioptilon kaempferi subspecies kaempferi
Medium: 
mixed: graphite, colored pencil, digital
Artist Statement: 
I had the tiniest, slightest view of this diminutive bird for the fewest of seconds. I had no idea at the time how fortunate that siting truly was. This drawing was made from field sketches. 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.