Since I’m Irish and its St. Patrick’s Day, I thought there should be some sort of shout out to it for today’s uncommon creature. But Ireland didn’t seem to have uncommon creatures specific to that region that weren’t mythological, so I just found a rare green bird instead. This is a green broadbill that lives in the evergreen forests of Borneo, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, where it frequents lowland and lower montane rainforests. Like so many creatures in this month’s adventure, it’s listed as vunerable on the endangered species list as its numbers are in decline due to habitat loss.
This is technically an Asian lesser green broadbill and a male version because of the bright color and black markings. The actual name is Calyptomena viridis, which honestly sounds less like a bird and more like a sexually transmitted disease, so I stuck with green broadbill for this description. These birds are a minor group of the broadbill family and they are quiet, solitary fruit eaters that are chunky and small (around 6 inches/15cm). And honestly, that’s about all there was to discover about them as there seems to be very little written that I could find in my slap dash lightning quick research.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! Unless you could care less about that event, in which case I hope you just had a wonderful regular day. But, if nothing else, it’s a good day to pay homage to green, and hopefully this little green bird fits the broadbill for this lucky day.
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M. Graham watercolors: Permanent Green Pale, Sap Green, Azo Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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