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#155 Least Vermilion Flycatcher


These were endemic to the Island of San Cristobal. A biologist studying specimens of flycatchers realized that one of them was actually two distinct species. They tried to find this one in the wild and realized it had gone extinct many years before. The reason for their extinction is probably a mix of multiple reasons. There was a nasty parasite that attacked chicks and generally caused death to all of the chicks in the nest. Invasive species of plants as well as rats also likely contributed to the destruction.

I doubt anyone is following the postings on this blog closely enough to realize that I'm posting this with yesterday's date (11/25) but on Thanksgiving. I painted it the day before Thanksgiving, but was so tired I forgot to post it. I managed to post it to twitter, but not here. See, our terrier had the night before kept me up all night. He couldn't sleep, and was just anxious and jumpy. I don't know what was up with him, but I didn't get to sleep until 7 in the morning. I was up until 1:30 in the morning after that, waiting for pies to finish cooking. I'm generally tired, but right now I'm starting to feel as if I will never get enough sleep.

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