The Tree Of Life

Mussa Yasini

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This stunning painting features a beautiful depiction of many long-tailed fiscals sitting on a tree branch. The birds are captured in exquisite detail, each one unique in its appearance and posture. Their long tails are particularly striking, with their graceful curves adding a sense of elegance to the scene.

Long-tailed fiscals, also known as fiscal shrikes, are a species of bird found in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. They are named for their distinctive long tails, which can measure up to 15cm in length and are highly maneuverable, allowing them to easily navigate through dense vegetation and catch insects in flight.

These birds are often seen perched on high branches, scanning the surrounding area for prey. They are highly territorial and will aggressively defend their nesting sites and hunting grounds against other birds and animals. Despite their small size (they measure around 22cm in length), they are known for their fierce and tenacious nature, earning them the nickname “butcher birds” due to their habit of impaling their prey on thorns or other sharp objects.

In terms of appearance, long-tailed fiscals have a distinctive black and white plumage, with bold white markings on their wings and tail. They have a hooked beak and powerful feet with sharp talons, which they use to grip their prey and tear it apart.

Long-tailed fiscals are primarily insectivores, feeding on a wide variety of insects, including grasshoppers, beetles, and termites. They are also known to occasionally eat small reptiles and other birds.

Despite their aggressive reputation, long-tailed fiscals are highly social birds and are often seen in pairs or small groups. They communicate with a range of calls and songs, including a distinctive whistling sound that is used to attract mates and defend territory.

The birds are perched on a sturdy branch, which is rendered with intricate texture and detail. The tree bark is rough and rugged, with gnarled knots and grooves that give it a sense of age and character. The surrounding leaves and foliage add a splash of color, with rich greens and earthy browns creating a harmonious backdrop for the birds.

While the long-tailed fiscals are undoubtedly the stars of the show, there are also other birds of various species in the painting. These birds are depicted with equal care and attention to detail, and add to the sense of diversity and richness in the natural world.

The painting has a serene and peaceful quality, with the birds seemingly lost in their own world, enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Their contented expressions and relaxed postures convey a sense of tranquility and harmony, reminding us of the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

The use of color in the painting is particularly noteworthy, with a subtle interplay of light and shadow creating a sense of depth and dimensionality. The colors are muted and earthy, giving the painting a warm and inviting feel that is both calming and uplifting.

Overall, this painting is a masterpiece of avian artistry, capturing the essence of these beautiful creatures with skill and sensitivity. It would make a perfect addition to any art collection, bringing a touch of nature and beauty to any space. Whether you are a bird lover or simply appreciate the beauty of the natural world, this painting is sure to enchant and inspire you.


Medium: Painting : oil, acrylic, ink
Themes: Handmade African Art
Support: Canvas
Type: Unique work
Framing: Not framed
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Handcrafted in Tanzania
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Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in