Sao Tome Grosbeak, Sao Tome Canary, Sao Tome Goldfinch, So Tom Canary, Sao Tom Grosbeak, So Tom Grosbeak

Sao Tome Grosbeak, Sao Tome Canary, Sao Tome Goldfinch, So Tom Canary, Sao Tom Grosbeak, So Tom Grosbeak

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Sao Tome Grosbeak, Sao Tome Canary, Sao Tome Goldfinch, So Tom Canary, Sao Tom Grosbeak, So Tom Grosbeak by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
FRINGILLIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Crithagra
Species: 
concolor
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Barboza du Bocage, 1888)
Synonyms: 
Neospiza concolor
Common names (Fre): 
Grosbec de So Tom
Medium: 
Watercolor
Artist Statement: 
The Sao Tome Grosbeak is a critically endangered and mysterious bird of the island of Sao Tome in the West African Gulf of Guinea. It is double the size of most seedeaters, with a correspondingly large bill. When it was discovered in 1888, taxonomists couldn’t agree on what kind of bird it was. Then, it disappeared for over 100 years, and was not recorded again until 1991, but it still is very rare.