Gymnocrex talaudensis by Pat Latas(8 in. x 8 in. | mixed: graphite, ink, digital | ID#3853)
Family: RALLIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The horrible loss of avifauna from Indonesia is staggering to contemplate. It is a miracle that a bird of this size has not been completely exterpated. I have seen this bird in the wild, and honestly I thought the female was absolutely stunning. This drawing was made many years ago as a sketch in the field. 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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