Urich's Tyrannulet

Urich's Tyrannulet

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Urich's Tyrannulet by Patricia Latas1
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
TYRANNIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Phyllomyias
Species: 
urichi
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Chapman, 1899)
Medium: 
mixed: graphite, colored pencil, digital
Artist Statement: 
You do not have to be gaudy to be brilliant, as exemplified by the Urich's Tyrannulet. Tiny but might and fierce predators! I have seen this bird in the wild, and honestly I thought the female was absolutely stunning. This drawing was made many years ago as a sketch in the field. 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.