Silvery Pigeon, Grey Wood-pigeon, Silvery Pigeon, Silvery Wood-Pigeon

Silvery Pigeon, Grey Wood-pigeon, Silvery Pigeon, Silvery Wood-Pigeon

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Silvery Pigeon, Grey Wood-pigeon, Silvery Pigeon, Silvery Wood-Pigeon by Kathleen Dunn
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
COLUMBIDAE
Order: 
COLUMBIFORMES
Genus: 
Columba
Species: 
argentina
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Bonaparte, 1855
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Artist Statement: 
White and Black colored Pigeons are unusual. Scientists believe the coloration may have come about as a protective adaptation, as occurs with Zebras. When a flock is flushed by a predator, the confusion created by all the black and white shapes crossing each other makes it difficult to pick out one bird, affording a greater chance for escape. This inspired the background in my piece, an abstract of flushing bird shapes among backlit palm and fruit tree leaves.