Draw a Bird Day: Corvus Hawaiiensis

Celebrating Laura’s (Create Art Everyday) Draw a Bird Day, (every 8th day of the month), with a poem and watercolor sketch of the Hawaiian Crow, (‘Alala or Corvus Hawaiiensis).  Working in a sketchbook not really meant for the use of water, the items used were pencil, Ultramarine blue (M. Graham) and Quinacridone burnt scarlet (Daniel Smith) watercolor.

Hawaiian Crow

Before the last pair disappeared from the wilds, conservationists began a captive breeding program with the goal to prevent extinction and eventually reintroduce birds back into their former habitats.  The story is far from over, the program continues and there is growing hope that one day the distinctive call of the Hawaiian crow will again be heard in the forest wilds.

33 thoughts on “Draw a Bird Day: Corvus Hawaiiensis

  1. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says:

    I love your dreamy crow! The faded watercolors and his partially closed eyelid make him look like a creature from another world. And the poem is lovely too. Hopefully the reintroduction will be successful. I will try to remember to look up ‘Alala’s call.

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  2. Teresa Robeson says:

    You’ve painting such a beautiful crow that looks as wise as they really are! I love it, Haunani! I’m so sad that they’re critically endangered….and unfortunately, there are so many birds and other animals in the same precarious condition. Thank you for bringing this one to the world’s attention! I have written a picture book story on another bird on the brink of extinction but haven’t been able to sell it yet.

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    • artandmoondreams says:

      Thank you Teresa. It terribly sad that so many species stand at the edge of disappearing and becoming nothing more than memory. Maybe one day, with education, love, and hard work, the speed at which this happens will slow down and stop altogether…maybe….hope is eternal.

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  3. Gretchen Del Rio says:

    My dear Haunani this is my first visit to your blog. I have been missing out and too bad for me. Well……not anymore. Love all these words about this beautiful corvid. They are part of my daily experience. I lived on the side of Mt. Haleakala one summer and my love of all island lore began. Many blessings, Gretchen

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