Speckle-chested Piculet

Speckle-chested Piculet by AFC

Picumnus steindachneri by Pat Latas
(8 in. x 8 in. | mixed: graphite, ink, digital | ID#4057)

Family: PICIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing

Artist Statement

I have seen this bird in the wild, and honestly I thought the female was adorable. This drawing was made many years ago as a sketch in the field. Piculets are awesome, busy, pugnacious little woodpeckers. In selecting species to illustrate for the Silent Skies Mural, I chose birds who I have actually seen in the wild or at least their very near relatives. In my other life, I am a wildlife and avian veterinarian, interested in conservation, and serve various organizations in that professional capacity. The opportunity to bring some of the lesser-known and less-spectacular species to light is a real privilege, and reflects the mission of Artists for Conservation. These birds demand and deserve our attention and their extinction would be a tragic loss to the biodiversity and beauty and brilliance of our precious planet.

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