Sulu Racquet-tail, Blue-winged Racket-tail

Sulu Racquet-tail, Blue-winged Racket-tail by AFC

Prioniturus verticalis by Pat Latas
(8 in. x 8 in. | mixed:graphite, ink, digital | ID#4087)

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

Artist Statement

This species has been on my "bucket list", but sadly it may pass before I do. The intense pressure from wildlife trafficking and smuggling for the pet trade, intense development of pristine habitats, and human over-population may doom this sweet little parrot. It is my symbol of all that is wrong with the world, and also the hope: dedicated people are trying their best to save the species and habitat at great risk to their own lives. 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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