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acrylic on illustration board 6” x 9”

Wilson's Bird of Paradise is a small forest species endemic to Waigeo and Batanta, two islands just NW of New Guinea's Vogelkop peninsula. Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) is a small, forest-dwelling bird of paradise endemic to two islands, Batanta and Waigeo, off the NW coast of New Guinea's Vogelkop Peninsula. Here a male busies himself preparing a display-ground, where he will perform his courtship rituals. I've never seen this species before, and relied on observations of a close relative, the Magnificent Bird of Paradise (C. magnificus) to create this piece.