Glaucous Macaw

Glaucous Macaw by AFC

Anodorhynchus glaucus by Joseph Koensgen
(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic | ID#3641)

Family: PSITTACIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: unknown

Artist Statement

The last confirmed sighting the Glaucous Macaw was in 1951, and though this species has been assumed to be extinct, some recent unconfirmed sightings have given possible hope that it is still around. And since it's range hasn't been fully surveyed yet, there's a possibility that small populations may still exist. Painting this parrot was a challenge, since there are hardly any photographs of it, and I had to rely on photos I had of relative of this parrot, the hyacinth macaw, and change it based on descriptions of the endangered parrot. It is not entirely knows why this parrot's numbers have declined to possible extinction, but experts say it is most likely due to habitat loss and trapping for the pet trade. The hope is that it still exists in remote parts the the South American Wilderness.

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