Lendu Crombec, Chapin's Crombec

Lendu Crombec, Chapin's Crombec by AFC

Sylvietta chapini by Pat Latas
(8 in. x 8 in. | mixed: graphite, ink, digital | ID#4192)

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

Artist Statement

In selecting species to illustrate for the Silent Skies Mural, I chose birds who I have actually seen in the wild or at least their very near relatives. In this case, the Lendu Crombec inhabits a tiny range in Africa, a continent which I have never visited. I wished to make my contribution a bit more diverse, and represent a few birds outside of my immediate experience. In my other life, I am a wildlife and avian veterinarian, interested in conservation, and serve various organizations in that professional capacity. The opportunity to bring some of the lesser-known and less-spectacular species to light is a real privilege, and reflects the mission of Artists for Conservation. These birds demand and deserve our attention and their extinction would be a tragic loss to the biodiversity and beauty and brilliance of our precious planet.
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