Peruvian Plantcutter

Peruvian Plantcutter

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Peruvian Plantcutter by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
COTINGIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Phytotoma
Species: 
raimondii
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Taczanowski, 1883
Medium: 
Acrylic on Canvas
Artist Statement: 
The Peruvian Plantcutter lives in shrubs and desert thickets in coastal northern Peru. Its range has become very small and severely fragmented due to conversion of land to agriculture. It is a distinctive bird with a recognizable call and it perches conspicuously so it is not difficult to observe. It has been named an emblematic species in some areas and is being used to create awareness of conservation, so perhaps there is hope for its future.