Jocotoco Antpitta

Jocotoco Antpitta by AFC

Grallaria ridgelyi by Emily Lozeron
(8 in. x 8 in. | ACRYLIC | ID#3847)

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

Artist Statement

This secretive and recently discovered bird lives on the eastern side of the Andes mountains. Initially found in Ecuador and recently suspected to live further south in the Andes. However it is threatened by logging, human settlement and gold mining. I find it ironic that the in order to find gold, the real gems of the area are going extinct. The Jocotoco Antpitta are fairly large and the size of a melon and feed on army ants and small insects.
 

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