Blue-bearded Helmetcrest

Blue-bearded Helmetcrest by AFC

Oxypogon cyanolaemus by Sharon K. Schafer
(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic on Hardboard | ID#4014)

Family: TROCHILIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing

Artist Statement

This rare short-billed hummingbird is endemic to the Santa Maria Mountains of northeastern Columbia. Long thought to be extinct, this critically endangered species was rediscovered in March 2015. Its declining population is believed to be between 50 and 250 individuals.

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