42" x 65" unframed
49" x 72" framed
© SHELLEY HESSE 2016
The Green-Winged Macaw is known as the "Gentle Giant", second in size only to the Hyacinth Macaw. Its powerful beak is designed to crush or open even the hardest of nuts and seeds. It is known for being fairly shy and is frequently seen flying in pairs or in family groups. Macaws normally mate for life and can live to be 60 years or older. The Green-Winged Macaw is currently not classified as endangered and is widespread in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America . However, in common with other macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the parrot trade. They have disappeared from part of their former range in Panama and are extinct in Argentina. Aves Argentinas, a partner of BirdLife International, is leading the reintroduction of the species in Argentina with birds from zoos and breeding centers released in an effort just last year.
The Golden Parakeet or Golden Conure is native to the Amazon Basin of interior northern Brazil. It is also known as the Queen of Bavaria Conure. They are some of the most beautiful and large of all the conures and are a very social species- living, feeding, sleeping, and even breeding together. This bird is listed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, largely due to deforestation and the capture of wild birds. I have painted two of them in a much softer yellow than they appear in real life, as a contrast to the intense red, blue, and green of the macaws.
“The language of birds is very ancient, and,
like other ancient modes of speech, very
elliptical: little is said, but much is meant