Black-capped Vireo by George Boorujy. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
Black-capped Vireo by George Boorujy. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

Audubon Mural Project

Black-capped Vireo by George Boorujy

Location: 601 W. 162nd St., New York, NY 10032

Read the full story behind the lead-up to the 100th mural.

Painted: 9/6/2018

Climate Threat: A small, cartoon-like bird, the Black-capped Vireo is limited to oak scrubland in South Texas, Oklahoma, and a sliver of Mexico. Audubon's climate models show the species' suitable range growing by 300 percent due to a warmer, wetter climate. But much of that range will open up in California, which is hundreds of miles out of reach.

About the Artist: George Boorujy is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He's represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York and is a member of the faculty of the Fine Arts Department of the School of Visual Arts. Follow him on Instagram.

The Artist on the Mural: I paired the Gang of Warblers with a vireo, because they used to be paired together by ornithologists. Then it was discovered that the vireos were not closely related to the warblers and were actually much more closely related to the shrikes, turning a bit of ornithology upside down. This particular species, the Black-capped Vireo, will also feed upside down, so an inverted composition really made sense. The bird was listed as federally endangered in 1987 and was pulled back from a precipitous decline, demonstrating the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act. It was delisted in 2018, but it’s future is far from secure.” 

Artist George Boorujy. Video: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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