About the Bird Art:
The image is printed on Epson Premium Matte Paper with UltraChrome Ink; the color should last quite a long time. The print is then mounted on a cradled wood block and coated with a UV resistant protectant to prevent fading. Each block is signed on the back. Ready to hang from a sawtooth hanger attached to the back. Watermarks will not appear on print. Color may vary (based on your monitor settings).
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4" x 4": $44, 6" x 6": $55
This listing is for a limited edition, fine art print of my original painting of a Puerto Rican Amazon called, “He Always Was A Charmer”
The original of this painting was a commission by a lovely couple who wanted to celebrate their local birds. This charming parrot looks like he’s having an excellent day, don’t you think!
Bird in a Box subscribers: this is the bird for February 2020.
About the Puerto Rican Amazon
In 1493, when Christopher Columbus sailed into the Caribbean island now known as Puerto Rico, he was warmly greeted by the Taíno inhabitants while hundreds of noisy bright-green parrots with beautiful white-ringed eyes, which the Taínos called Higuaca, swooped overhead. It is estimated that the beginning of the sixteenth century, there were nearly a million of these beautiful birds living in the all major habitats of Puerto Rico and the adjacent smaller islands of Culebra, Mona, Vieques, and possibly the Virgin Islands.
Parrots occupied eight major climax or old-growth forest types that covered Puerto Rico and were interspersed only by small, scattered, sandy, or marshy areas near the coast. Parrots nested in cavities of large trees that were plentiful throughout the forests. Fertile, moist lowland forests in the coastal plain as well as forested mountain valleys contained much of the fruits and seeds necessary to feed a thriving parrot population. The forests of Puerto Rico probably supported a parrot population of 100,000-1,000,000 at the end of the 15th century
Today there are less than thirty Amazona vittata living in the wild on the island. Although there are future plans to expand the wild population to other locations on the island, at the moment, the 28,000 acre (19,650 hectare) Caribbean National Forest, known locally as El Yunque, is the sole remaining forest habitat where the few surviving wild Puerto Rican parrots find trees with cavities suitable for nesting and seeds and fruits to forage.