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Aratinga mellis

Dimensions Variable
Shown as 8’ x 8’ x 5”


porcelain, glass
2009

Aratinga mellis or "Honey Parakeet" is an extant species of parrot once known to inhabit various regions of the world.  This species, shy and mysterious, was most often seen in small flocks feeding on honey and nectar that oozed from hidden sources.  These feeding habits made them a source of myth and lore throughout history.  The last flock of Aratinga mellis was sighted by a group of children in 1908 on Farney Island. Either through being hunted by humans or by habitat loss, they have not been seen since and are believed to be extinct.