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H. Douglas Pratt

Metal Orchids & Wildlife

Ornithologist and illustrator Dr. H. Douglas Pratt is Research Curator of Birds at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.  He is a native of Charlotte, but spent 35 years as a student and research associate at Louisiana State University before returning to NC in 2005. A Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, Dr. Pratt has conducted numerous research expeditions to Hawaii, Micronesia, and Polynesia, and is a pioneer in the recording of vocalizations of Pacific island birds. His scientific papers have been published in many journals, and his popular guides to birds, plants and wildlife are local best sellers in Hawaii. He is author and/or illustrator of 14 full-length books and a contributor to many others.  He has no formal art training.




Watercolor, Gouache, Pencil (for B/W), some Acrylic

Preferred species:

Prefer passerines, but will do (and have done) all kinds of birds.

Preferred geographic region:

My specialty is Hawaii and tropical Pacific islands, but my work covers the globe (works published on North America, Caribbean, Neotropics, Kenya, New Zealand, etc.).

Preferred use of earlier or new work:
Either, but it is always nice to make some money from already existing work.

See also
published images:
Notable Books:
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA. National Geographic Society (1983, 1987, 1999) One-fourth (60) of plates in 1st Edition, 5 additional in 2nd Edition, most vretained in 3rd Edition

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF HAWAII AND THE TROPICAL PACIFIC. H. Douglas Pratt, P. L. Bruner, & D. G. Berrett. Princeton University Press (1987). 43 color plates, 48 pencil drawings

GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF KENYA AND NORTHERN TANZANIA. Dale A. Zimmerman, Don Turner, and David Pearson. Princeton University Press (1996). 20 color plates.

ALL THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA. Jack Griggs, Ed. HarperCollins (1997). Plates of woodpeckers and nuthatches

THE BIRDS OF NORTHERN MELANESIA. Ernst Mayr and Jared Diamond Oxford University Press (2001). 9 color plates

BIRDING ON BORROWED TIME. Phoebe Snetsinger. American Birding Association (2003). 18 color and 40 grayscale bird portraits THE HAWAIIAN HONEYCREEPERS; DREPANIDINAE. H. Douglas Pratt. Oxford University Press, Bird Families of the World. (2005). 7 color plates

HAWAII. Les Beletsky. Interlink Books, Traveler's Wildlife Guides (2006). Portraits of birds, mammals, herps

THREATENED BIRDS OF THE WORLD. Birdlife International (2000). Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U. K. 1 previously unpublished painting and dozens of portraits republished from other works

HANDBOOK OF BIRDS OF THE WORLD. VOL. 5, 6, 8, and 10-13. Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, & Jordi Sargatal, Eds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Portraits of motmots, todies, potoos, gnateaters, hummingbirds, palmchat, silky-flycatchers, bluebirds & solitaires, fantails, white-eyes, myzomelas, and Hawaiian honeycreepers