Merulaxis stresemanni by Pat Latas(8 in. x 8 in. | mixed:graphite, ink, digital | ID#3952)
Family: RHINOCRYPTIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
I remember reading about the rediscovery of this very interesting bird. I had recently been near its habitat in Brasil, and was disappointed that I did not have a chance to try and observe it. This entire group of suboscines is very interesting on a number of levels: biogreography, taxonomically, ecologically and paleontologically. I gives me hope that they were discovered and immediately protected. 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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