Royal Cinclodes

Royal Cinclodes

Royal Cinclodes by Candy McManiman
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
FURNARIIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Cinclodes
Species: 
aricomae
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Carriker, 1932)
Medium: 
acrylic, gold leaf
At 4500 metres in a small polylepis forest in Peru, we saw the Royal Cinclodes singing to its mate. As excruciating as the hike was, we were all excited to see this rare bird. As you stood and watched, the inevitable hit you. When the forest was gone, so was the future for this species. It was the first bird I had seen on the endangered list and that moment is not forgotten. I decided to paint it on a Royal Throne with its own monogram.