Silvery Pigeon, Grey Wood-pigeon, Silvery Pigeon, Silvery Wood-Pigeon

Silvery Pigeon, Grey Wood-pigeon, Silvery Pigeon, Silvery Wood-Pigeon by AFC

Columba argentina by Kathleen Dunn
(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil on canvas | ID#3743)

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

Artist Statement

White and Black colored Pigeons are unusual. Scientists believe the coloration may have come about as a protective adaptation, as occurs with Zebras. When a flock is flushed by a predator, the confusion created by all the black and white shapes crossing each other makes it difficult to pick out one bird, affording a greater chance for escape. This inspired the background in my piece, an abstract of flushing bird shapes among backlit palm and fruit tree leaves.
 
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