Oriolus mellianus by Russ Heselden(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil on board | ID#4003)
Family: ORIOLIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
There are currently only 22 breeding localities (in south-central China) and 12 wintering localities (in Thailand and south-west Cambodia) for the Silver Oriole. The world population is estimated at 1500-3800 individuals (HBW Alive), with the main threats being habitat loss (including illegal logging) , habitat fragmentation and degradation. The species is still relatively poorly known. Like most orioles this is a very attractive bird and I wanted it to stand out against the background, especially when it is in situ as part of the Silent Skies mural. Consequently I have kept the background fairly loose, while still retaining a strong design element in the form of a predominantly Z-shaped composition.
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