I am sorry to hear that the "Pigeons & Doves set has encountered some issues". Great looking birds in it so far!
This Military Macaw is great!
This Military Macaw is great!
I am glad that you are doing a Macaw and a Cockatoo set in addition to the updated parrot set. Will you be doing a set on the New Zealand parrots, the Strigopoidea comprising Nestor (the kea and the three kaka species) and Strigops (the kakapo) plus a couple of extinct genera including the biggest parrot that ever existed, Heracles. The Kakapo, in particular, is my favourite. In any case I am looking forwards to your Audubon's Birthday extravaganza.The issues are really with DAZ Studio side, but I'll work them out... originally I had planned to release "Pigeons & Doves" with the Gamebirds v1 update in late March but since late March is about done and I have to rework most of the DS side, its seems better to make it part of my Audubon's Birthday extravaganza. Fair warning to all, if I get everything done that I hope to get done there will be the new Pigeons & Doves set, a Macaw set, a Cockatoo set, the updated Parrots set plus a Nature's Wonders set (or two) and of course, my entire catalog to boot.
Here's the "presumed extinct" Glaucous Macaw. This macaw is/was endemic to Northern Argentina, Southern Paraguay, the chaco and llano region of Bolivia near the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, northeast Uruguay, and Brazil. It was found in lightly wooded grassland, marshes and river borders with good stands of palms and in particular yatay or chatay (Butia yatay).
It became rare during the 19th century due to trapping and loss of habitat, and only two possible reports of wild birds were received in the 20th century. Expeditions by ornithologists to southwestern Paraguay during the 1990s failed to turn up any evidence of the species. Furthermore, only the oldest residents of the region had knowledge of the macaw, with the species last recorded in the 1870s. The bird's disappearance probably is linked to trapping of live adults for the wild bird trade and the wholesale felling of the yatay palm, Butia yatay, the nuts of which appear to have constituted its main food. Although suitable habitat remains in El Palmar National Park, in the Argentine province of Entre Ríos, as well as southern Brazil, no rumors of the bird's continued existence in the past several decades have proven credible. A search conducted by Joe Cuddy and Tony Pittman in 1992 concluded that the birds were extinct in their former range. Rumors persisted that blue macaws were seen in Argentina and Bolivia with a dealer in Rosario, Argentina, offering live specimens. The late George Smith gave many talks rich in conservation information on macaws, including this species, which he stated was not extinct in the wild, but existed in remote areas of Bolivia where he had encountered trappers who could identify this species. Moreover, he stated that stands of pure palm existed “as far as the eye could see” when he flew over the area which is yet to be investigated.
A 2018 study citing bird extinction patterns, the heavy destruction of its habitat, and the lack of any confirmed sightings since the 1980s recommended uplisting the species to Critically Endangered - Possibly Extinct.
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I am glad that you are doing a Macaw and a Cockatoo set in addition to the updated parrot set. Will you be doing a set on the New Zealand parrots, the Strigopoidea comprising Nestor (the kea and the three kaka species) and Strigops (the kakapo) plus a couple of extinct genera including the biggest parrot that ever existed, Heracles. The Kakapo, in particular, is my favourite. In any case I am looking forwards to your Audubon's Birthday extravaganza.
Regarding these. These are all *new* sets, right? Even though some of the breeds are included in older sets. All of these new sets have new breeds added?