“Strigops habroptilus” acrylic on canvas, 119cm x 148.5cm

I decided to paint this after a friend at university sent me a photograph of the strange bird. The kakapo’s latin name “Strigops habroptilus” means “owl-like” and many people have mistaken this image for an owl. I wanted to capture the flightless bird’s comical, clumsy nature as well as its lush green habitat of New Zealand.

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