Lophornis brachylophus by Vicky Earle(8 in. x 8 in. | Watercolor | ID#3923)
Family: TROCHILIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
This small, critically endangered hummingbird is currently found only along one 25-kilometer stretch of a single road in the Sierra Madre del Sur of Mexico. Its biggest threat is habitat loss from corn, coffee and fruit plantations, as well as illegal drug production. As a natural history artist for conservation, I strive to highlight birds, animals and natural phenomena that too often go unnoticed. We can all strive to be better guardians and stewards of the environment. A simple way to make a positive impact, is by being aware of the products we purchase, know where those products come from (for example coffee, chocolate and cosmetics) and ensure production adheres to environmentally friendly practices. A small switch for us – like drinking shade-grown coffee, can make a tremendous impact for the survival of species like this beautiful short-crested coquette.
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