No 657 - Purplecrested Lourie - Tauraco porphyreolophus
About the Bird - an Artist's view
These birds are reasonably large at 47 cm. They are not all that easy to see when feeding in a tree, because they blend in very well and move from branch to branch, hopping rather quickly. They appear to be in a terrible rush, till they decide to fly, then exactly the opposite is true. Following a noisy wing flapping to gain altitude, they then glide for a considerable distance before landing in the next tree. In flight one is able to appreciate the beautiful colours, especially the striking crimson primary feathers, as they glide with wings wide open. It took me a very long time to attract them to a feeding tray, but once there, I was surprised at how tame they became. The call is a long sequence of notes, starting quietly and rising to a crescendo, the kok - kok - kok part being repeated about twenty times. Two of them sitting in a Loquat Tree trying to establish which has the loudest voice, is fantastic to hear. When the tree is close to your bedroom window and it is 5:30 on a Sunday morning, you need to remember that you believe in conservation.
PRICE $1,272.00 unframed
Painting size 400 x 535 mm - Acrylic on Board
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