About the Bird: This shy and elusive bird specializes in living in the humid, dense tangles of coastal mangrove swamps in the southeastern United States. As temperatures rise Audubon's climate models forecast the Mangrove Cuckoo’s potential habitat will increase, only that will likely put the bird’s needs in direct conflict with human development—especially in Florida. The species will also have to contend with climate-related threats such as increased spring heat waves and heavy rain.
About the Artist: Candice Flewharty has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and runs a small farm to support her art habit in Norwich, Connecticut. The Mangrove Cuckoo appealed to her as a subject because it is common to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Florida. “The mural sits in a neighborhood full of families from these same places” she says. “Flags representing these countries are painted beneath the Mangrove Cuckoo as a happy symbol of unity.”