Speckle-chested Piculet

Speckle-chested Piculet

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Speckle-chested Piculet by Patricia Latas1
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
PICIDAE
Order: 
PICIFORMES
Genus: 
Picumnus
Species: 
steindachneri
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Taczanowski, 1882
Medium: 
mixed: graphite, ink, digital
Artist Statement: 
I have seen this bird in the wild, and honestly I thought the female was adorable. This drawing was made many years ago as a sketch in the field. Piculets are awesome, busy, pugnacious little woodpeckers. 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.