#309 Juan Fernandez Firecrown

Critically Endangered

I decided to paint the male first, because it seems to be obviously why the bird got its name. There is more sexual dimorphism with this species than possibly any other hummingbird. In fact it was thought for quite some time that they were two separate species. Instead of looking like she is a bit more drab version of the male, the female decided to go completely route with her colouring. They are a fairly large hummingbird, in fact I've painted the male at about life-sized though the female is smaller than I've painted her. They once were found on two islands, but are now reduced to one area of one island. They are extinct on Alejandro Selkirk Island, but are still to be found on Robinson Crusoe Island which is part of Chile. Their threats are unfortunately quite numerous.

They, like so very many small animals, are at risk because of cats, but also invasive plants are killing the plants they require. There is also erosion because goats and other introduced animals grazing.


I always use three colours when I paint the backgrounds. It keeps the backgrounds from looking the same, and also helps them not seem as if they are a flat colour. Unfortunately, I also try to put the pencils away after I've painted. Well, that isn't unfortunate, it is a good thing. What is a problem is that it means if I suddenly decide I need to do a second painting, and want the same background, we have to rely on my nonexistent memory to keep track of the colours I used. I am only certain I used one of the same greens on the female painting.

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