Stresemann's Bristlefront

Stresemann's Bristlefront

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Stresemann's Bristlefront by Patricia Latas1
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
RHINOCRYPTIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Merulaxis
Species: 
stresemanni
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Sick, 1960
Medium: 
mixed:graphite, ink, digital
Artist Statement: 
I remember reading about the rediscovery of this very interesting bird. I had recently been near its habitat in Brasil, and was disappointed that I did not have a chance to try and observe it. This entire group of suboscines is very interesting on a number of levels: biogreography, taxonomically, ecologically and paleontologically. I gives me hope that they were discovered and immediately protected. 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.