Sumatran Ground-cuckoo, Sumatran Ground Cuckoo
Carpococcyx viridis by Jennifer Miller(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil | ID#3702)
Family: CUCULIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
As its name suggests, this large ground-dwelling cuckoo is endemic to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Current estimates suggest that there are between 70-400 left, and this species continues to decline due to the extensive deforestation on Sumatra. While these birds are often described as drab, I happened across an article from 2017 that contained two photos from a camera trap. The cuckoo was sunning itself with wings open, and the beautiful greens were striking and anything but drab. My painting was inspired in that moment.
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