Sparkling Violet-ear

Sparkling Violet-ear

Common Name: Sparkling Violet-ear
Scientific Name: Colibri coruscans
Exhibit: Butterfly Garden
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: January 19, 2008
Observation: It was not easy to get a good look at this bird let alone a decent photo of it. The Sparkling Violet-ear that we have in the Butterfly garden is the only one of his species that we have currently because his intended mate had died in quarantine due to too much stress. Stress is apparently common for the species because another zoo which was also getting two Sparkling Violet-ears at the same time had lost both of theirs. We were lucky just to be able to keep the one. For a long time he had hidden in various corners where he easily blended in with the leaves. He only came down to drink from one of the nearby Hummingbird feeders. One of those times he had stayed just long enough for me to snap the picture that this drawing was based on. The lighting was pretty bad, and to top that off, the feathers are different colors under different lighting. The flash made his feathers show up bright green and blue (A little exaggerated in my drawing), but in the shady places his feathers are a darker green and a dark purple. Since the drawing was based on a picture, I tried to use those colors. He has now started to hang out in better spots which let people actually see him easily. Well, maybe not his colors that much, but at least people can easily tell that there is a Hummingbird sitting there.