Rueppell's Starling

The Rüppell’s long-tailed starling (Lamprotornis purpuropterus), also known as Rüppell’s glossy-starling was one of the species I saw in Kenia. My motivation for this small acrylic study was to capture the beautifully iridescent plumage of the bird. The feathers show dark and metallically shimmering blue and violet hues. It really was a feast for the eye to watch these smart birds foraging in the grass.

Artwork & Reproductions

Original Painting

Rueppell's Starling
Acrylics on Gessoboard
15 x 20 cm | 2020


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