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A Special Kind of Blue - Hyacinth Macaw by Nambroth A Special Kind of Blue - Hyacinth Macaw by Nambroth
Anyone that's met one of these birds for more than a few minutes know that they are a special kind of blue!

The Hyacinth Macaw [link] is a gorgeous parrot, and is the largest parrot in the world with exception to the Kakapo, which weighs more (the benefit of living on the ground). These gorgeous birds are endangered primarily due to habitat loss, and illegal smuggling of birds for the pet trade (illegal, black market).

Here in the USA we don't really need to worry about wild-caught birds being for sale any more, however something that we can do at home easily to help these birds is to source our coffee carefully! The biggest threat though is loss of habitat due to deforestation-- for agriculture. Coffee and the modern world's thirst for it is one such crop that is really hurting the land. Read more here:
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Watercolors on rough paper. The circles around the bird are done in copper leaf; that is real copper applied to special glazing. The rough edges are intentional, to go with the crunchy watercolor edges. Sadly, metallic copper scans poorly. It looks way prettier in person, and flashes nicely.

Approximately 15" x 15"
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TheEvilHadrosaur Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a shame that these birds are so endangered of getting extinct :( Beautiful painting of a beautiful bird! :nod:
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satishverma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Real beauty.
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rainpeltkitty Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely majestic. You are a fantastic artist. <3
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sbbelknap03 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love macaws! Yours is spectacular! The detail of the feathers!
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jacij Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
it looks wonderful.
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Night-of-Shadows Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!!! I love the colors!!
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Wonderful colors!
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daBrunZ Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Brilliant! The blues just glow, and the background is the perfect foil [no pun intended] for the Macaw.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work! :)
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