Trinidad Piping-guan, Trinidad White-headed Piping Guan, Trinidad Piping-Guan, Trinidad White-headed Curassow, Common Piping Guan

Trinidad Piping-guan, Trinidad White-headed Piping Guan, Trinidad Piping-Guan, Trinidad White-headed Curassow, Common Piping Guan

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Trinidad Piping-guan, Trinidad White-headed Piping Guan, Trinidad Piping-Guan, Trinidad White-headed Curassow, Common Piping Guan by Patricia Latas1
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
CRACIDAE
Order: 
GALLIFORMES
Genus: 
Pipile
Species: 
pipile
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Jacquin, 1784)
Synonyms: 
Aburria pipile subspecies pipile
Common names (Spa): 
Pava de Trinidad, Pava Rajadora, Yacutinga Cariazul
Medium: 
mixed: graphite, ink, digital
Artist Statement: 
I have not seen the Trinidad Piping Guan in life, but I have seen its near cousins in the wild (also endangered). Guans are large birds, very attractive to human hunters and vulnerable to nest and chick predation by introduced anthropophilic mammals. 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.