Esmeraldas Woodstar

Esmeraldas Woodstar by AFC

Chaetocercus berlepschi by Susan Fox
(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil | ID#3711)

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

Artist Statement

Esmereldas woodstar (Chaetocercus bertlipschi), listed as endangered, is one of the smallest and rarest of hummingbirds, measuring barely 2.5”/6.35cm in length with a population estimated at 1,000. Its habitat is limited to subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests in Ecuador. The American Bird Conservancy considers them to be an urgent conservation priority. I enjoyed painting this tiny jewel full of hummingbird attitude. The background is adapted from an Ecuadorean textile design.
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