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Acrylic on illustration board
30" x 10"
Jays (Cyanocorax chrysops) are common birds that exploit
the edges of a variety of tropical forest types from Eastern
Peru to Northen Argentina. Like most corvids, they persecute
raptors relentlessly. In this painting a group of these jays
harass the big and powerful Ornate Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus),
a spectacular raptor that is rather uncommon, but found widely
throughout the neotropical region. Similar eagles of the same
genus are found throughout Asia and tropical Africa. Incidental
creatures in this piece include a Thread-waisted Wasp (family
Sphecidae), a Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides), an anole
(Anolis sp.), White-necked Puffbird (Notharchus macrorhynchus),
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus), and a Saddleback
Tamarin (Sanguinus fuscicollis).