Jewel of the Amazon (2016)

Scarlet Macaws are considered the most magnificent bird of the parrot family. This Central American subspecies, called Ara maco cyanoptera, is native to humid evergreen lowland ( up to 500 meters ), subtropical rainforest, open woodlands, river edges and savannas of Central and South America. They usually nest in hollowed areas in trees, camouflaged and protected from predators by the thick foliage of the upper canopy of the rainforest. Scarlet Macaws were not endangered as of 2008, but the ever increasing destruction of the deep rainforest is threatening their habitats. Further contributing to their decrease in population is the spraying of pesticides by the companies selling bananas for export. 'Jewel of the Amazon' depicts a magnificent Scarlet Macaw preening itself. It is perched on a secluded branch in the upper canopy. The vibrant colours and contrast of the bird against the softness and misty atmospheric perspective of the rainforest was a sheer joy to paint.

Jewel of the Amazon

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