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acrylic on illustration board 24" x 18"
Roughly the size and build of a Peregrine, the uncommon and poorly-understood Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) is distributed patchily in Central and South America. Although it's rarely seen far from heavy tropical forest, it feeds mostly on birds that are captured above the canopy. It nests in nooks in cliffs adjacent to forests, and probably sometimes in tree cavities. The heavy feet and beak of this species are relatively bigger than those of any other falcon. The Granada Morpho (Morpho Granadensis) is one of aroud 30 members of a butterfly genus well known for the immense and irridescent blue wings of a number of species. Incidental animals in this painting include a Misfit Leaf Frog (Agalychnis saltator) and a yound Fraser's Anole (Anolis fraseri).