Monday, November 17, 2014

From Kenn's Sketchbook: Purple-crested Turaco

Kenn Writes: 

Random sketchbook: Purple-crested Turaco

The turacos make up a family of about two dozen species, all restricted to Africa. It's a very distinctive family, unlike anything in the Americas, but thought to be distantly related to the cuckoos and hoatzins. Most of them are very brightly colored, with greens, reds, purples, blues, and so on. When I'd seen them in the past, I always had been distracted by their brilliant hues, so I hadn't paid as much attention to their shapes and postures. Sketching them in black and white today, I was struck by how much their postures suggested the Cracidae, i.e. the chachalacas, guans, and curassows, even though they certainly are not related to those tropical American birds.

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