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(c) – COARL TREE & ORANGE BREASTED SUNBIRDS
A signed, limited edition Fine Art Print from an original oil painting.
Coral Trees (Erythrina lysistemon) are common across southern Africa and in August and September they explode into flower – their bright red and scarlet blossoms provide a flash of colour in an otherwise drab late winter landscape. The trees provide food and shelter for a variety of birds, animals and insects. Many species of sunbirds feed on the nectar, vervet monkeys eat the flower buds while kudu, klipspringer, black rhino and baboons graze on the leaves. Elephants eat the bark, bush pigs eat the roots and brown-headed parrots eat and disperse the seeds. Birds such as barbets and woodpeckers nest in the trunks of dead trees and swarms of bees often inhabit hollow trunks.
Erythrina lysistemon is also widely used and enjoyed by mankind. The flowering of the trees is a good signal to rural people that it is time to plant their crops. They have been regarded as royal trees and were planted on the graves of Zulu chiefs. They were planted as living fences around kraals, homesteads and waterholes and were one of the first wild trees to be planted in gardens in South Africa. They are still to be found in suburban gardens and are planted as street trees in many towns.
The Orange Breasted Sunbird is endemic to South Africa and occurs in the Fynbos regions of the Eastern and Western Cape. They feed on nectar, insects and spiders and build densely packed nests of small dry twigs, heather, soft vegetable fluff and spider webs. During the breeding season the males become highly territorial, chasing off not only competing males of their own species but all other sunbird species as well. When displaying to females or guarding a territory, the males sit high on exposed branches, heads up, feathers sleek against their bodies and tails slightly flared – daring intruders to challenge their obvious supremacy!
In this painting, two male Orange Breasted Sunbirds sit amongst the flowers of a Coral Tree in full bloom. The breeding season for the sunbirds has not yet begun and during this time they will often gather at rich food sources. Once the breeding season begins however, males will not tolerate each other’s presence and they become highly territorial.
A signed, limited edition print on 425 GSM Fine Art Archival Canvas.
Size: 800mm x 800mm
The print is delivered rolled into a tube, ready for framing. Worldwide courier delivery is included in the price. If you would prefer to receive the print stretched and ready to hang, please e-mail us at email@example.com for a revised shipping quote.
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