Ou, 'O'u

[field_genus] psittacea
Susan Fox
8 in. x 8 in.
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Conservation Status:
Critically Endangered
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Artist Statement:
The ‘O’u (Psittirostra psittacea) is critically endangered, possibly extinct. It is/was an endemic species of honeycreeper native to Hawaii. As with many Hawaiian bird species a major factor in the decline of the population may have been avian malaria. There are almost no extant photographs of living birds. I used a variety of images of stuffed skins and old engravings to capture what I hope is a reasonably accurate representation of the bird’s appearance. The background design is based on a native Hawaiian kapa pattern.

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