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June 21, 2012
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Western Ground Parrot as Totem by Ravenari Western Ground Parrot as Totem by Ravenari
SOLD. Commission info here at Etsy: [link]

Western Ground Parrot as Totem

Meanings - RARITY

The element of fire is threatening, the importance of staying grounded as often as possible, being able and reluctant to fly and soar, creating pathways through liminal places, sunrise and sunset, elusive wisdom, shyness, hiding your knowledge from others, rarity, preferring to have a range to choose from, selection is important, appearing inaccessible, camouflage and blending in, the power of the colour green.


The western ground parrot is a Critically Endangered parrot found only in a small pocket of Western Australia. With only around 110 remaining (from a known population of about 400), it is one of the world’s rarest birds. They are a distinctive green parrot, with black and brown barring. It spends most of its time on the ground. They inhabit low heathland over deep, white sand. They are found around a high biodiversity of plants, with plenty of sedge. They prefer land that isn’t frequently burnt (preferably land that hasn’t experienced fire for decades, though they will compromise on that front). They consume a wide range of seeds, flower buds, the base of flowers and succulent leaves. They nest on the ground, in a small depression under thick and sometimes prickly vegetation.

They were described as a separate species to the Eastern ground parrot in 2010. The first photo was taken in 2004. They feed alone or with a single other bird. They do not often call or fly during the day. When startled, they will fly low in a zigzag pattern and land 100 metres or so away. They prefer to stay hidden in low vegetation and their plumage is excellent camouflage. They are most vocal at sunrise and sunset. It has a cryptic nature, and has not been well-studied. They are primarily threatened by feral animals like foxes and cats. They are seriously threatened by the possibility of bushfires. Their plants are threatened by the dieback fungus.


Crescent medium weight illustration board, with watercolour pencil, pencil, water-fast fineliner, and acrylic and iridescent paint. 7.4 x 8 inches
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Amazing artwork! :love: :clap: :clap: :clap:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional
sweet job
Ravenari Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers! :D
essencestudios Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
this has been featured here [link] :hug:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the feature!
Incyray Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Merytsetesh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I actually recognized what bird this was and cracked up laughing because it reminded me of this video: [link]
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it's not the bird that's in the video (that's a kakapo, and they're different), but Stephen Fry's documentaries are pretty awesome!
Merytsetesh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I had no idea that there is more than one species of green feathered, awkward looking ground parrot in Australia. I learned something new!
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