Pseudonestor xanthophrys by Susan Fox(8 in. x 8 in. | oil | ID#4098)
Family: FRINGILLIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Kiwikiu/Maui parrotbill (Pseudonestor xanthophrys) is critically endangered. It was once found on both Maui and Molokai, but the current population of an estimated 500 is limited to a 50 sq. km area on the windward slopes of Haleakala on Maui. Along with previous habitat destruction for agriculture and animal grazing, avian malaria is a major threat. I enjoyed painting a kiwikiu knowing that the species still lives and has a chance to survive due to conservation efforts on its behalf. The background pattern is based on the colors of the ohia tree, a kiwikiu favorite, and a Hawaiian kapa barkcloth pattern.
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