The Endangered Feathered Series is a project that combines design, illustration and art toy production, in order to draw attention to environmental issues, focusing on the specific case of birds in danger of extinction.
The stages of this project involves the creation of the characters, digitalisation and generation of handmade replicas, all with a special focus on the use of materials with low environmental impact.
Wildlife trade is second only to the drug market and has been identified as one of the main factors in the threat status of one in twenty threatened and near-threatened bird species. According to Birdlife international, one third (3,337) of living bird species have been recorded as traded internationally.
The Yellow Crested Cockatoo continues to suffer from an extremely rapid population decline. Based on recent surveys it is estimated the global population is fewer than 7,000, owing to unsustainable trapping for the cagebird trade. This species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
One other contributing factor placing specific species at risk is the illegal trade of birds for their plumes. In no other region is this more evident than the forests of New Guinea. The Blue Bird of Paradise, according to the IUCN Red List, is listed as vulnerable due to its population decline owing to pressure from hunters for its plumes.