Thick-Billed Parrot Art

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Arizona Native - Thick-Billed Parrot, drawing on scratchboard by Ann RanlettAnother ACEO currently on eBay: "Arizona Native", a Thick-Billed Parrot. This drawing's on black scratchboard. I use an x-acto knife to scratch the detail into the dark surface.

The Thick-Billed Parrot, an endangered species, is the only parrot native to the US. They no longer live in their former range of Arizona and southwest New Mexico, but there are still small (and unfortunately dwindling) populations in North and Central Mexico. Loss of forest habitat is the main reason for the bird's decline.

I took my reference photo at the Sacramento Zoo, which is working nationwide with zoos and government agencies on a captive breeding program designed to reestablish populations of this parrot in its former US range. Click here for a fact-sheet on Thick-Billed Parrots and conservation efforts.


PaintDog March 2, 2007 at 5:19 PM  

This ACEO has sold! A gracious thank you to the buyer - a true friend of parrots!!!

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