Green-Headed Tanager

green headed tanager s

The ancient forest
above, fragmented into
isolated gaps

Cursed by poverty of vision–
wings clipped into parts, denied

I chose to paint this bird because of its colors.  The most common tanager in Brazil, it also lives in the humid forest canopy in Paraguay and Argentina.  Although not yet endangered, its population has been decreasing.  What hit me most is the fact that only 8% of its original habitat remains, and the populations are fragmented as a result.  That will surely result in a continued population decline.

The words for my tanka were supplied by the Secret Keeper’s weekly prompt.

Happy Draw a Bird Day!

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27 responses to “Green-Headed Tanager”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    The colors are so beautiful–serene–but so sad about its habitat disappearing. So many ancient forests gone.

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  2. First Night Design says :

    Beautiful painting!

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  3. Jodi says :

    Such a beautiful bird! So sad about the forest. Veaut

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  4. Jodi says :

    Oops. Need more coffee. Lol. Beautifully expressed!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. rivrvlogr says :

    The depth makes it seem almost 3D.

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  6. Evelyn Flint says :

    A beautiful bird – I love the blue/green colours…

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  7. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    poverty of vision… yes 😦
    your bird is so delicate and lovely

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Jennifer. There does seem to be an excess of poverty in that area these days…
      This bird caught my eye right away. I love its color combination. Supposedly it’s very lively; I picture it dancing through the forest canopy.


  8. Carol says :

    What a shame that their habitat has dwindled so much. It is indeed vibrantly colored – a true work of art!

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  9. Jill Kuhn says :

    Love the coloring of this bird! 💙 You did a fantastic job painting it. I can’t believe I missed “draw a bird day!” Oh, well – maybe next month I will remember. 🕊

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  10. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Wonderful colours and the pose you chose highlights them beautifully! 🙂 I hope their habitat does not continue to decline. It would be nice if it grew a bit… maybe some connecting corridors… maybe.

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