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Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)

Russet-winged Schiffornis is one of five species that formerly were united under the name Thrush-like Schiffornis (Schiffornis turdina); the other members of this group are Northern Schiffornis (S. veraepacis), Olivaceous Schiffornis (S. olivacea), Foothill Schiffornis (S. aenea), and Brown-winged Schiffornis (S. turdina). 

Russet-winged Schiffornis is a representative of this group that occurs from central Panama east across northern Colombia to western and northern Venezuela. All species in this group have similar, dull plumages, being primarily brown or olive brown, with paler underparts, and prominent large dark eyes. Although all members of the group also are poorly known, Russet-winged Schiffornis probably is one of the least studied members of the complex. This is a relatively low density species that occupies the understory of terra firme forests, most often foraging within 1-2 m of the ground, and typically is solitary. The clear whistled song is heard far more often than th…

King Vultures hit London Fashion Week

Congress Centre, London, UK

September 19, 2016

Acclaimed designer and creative duo Vin + Omi showed during the London Fashion Week their Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-wear Collection entitled The Dreaming. The catwalk was dimmed with dark red lighting, and black origami birds hung everywhere from the ceiling, giving a fantasy ambience to the venue. 

In a collaboration with our photographer and director, Siu, who provided the pictures; Vin + Omi designed a dress, a cape, and a tote bag feautring Panamanian King Vultures (Sarcoramphus papa). The models wore oversized fluffy red wigs with paintbrushes and paint palettes decoratively placed within them that combined very well with the vultures' colour patterns. The bag was accessorized with a cartoony badge, and a badge stating "no guns".

Our pictures were not only used on clothes and accesories but also on invitations and advertising. Another bird, the Africa endemic Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) was also used on clothes and advertising.

The flower vulture print dress and leather vulture print tote featured king vultures from our photos, and flowers from the photos of Sam McKnight, printed in silk by The Silk Bureau, and on leather by 2surface.

Credit: Alan D West

Vin + Omi - The Dreaming, advertisement

Credit: Ki Price


Credit: Ian Clark

Credit: Karl Slater


Fashion illustration
Credit: Sue Dray

Vin + Omi are renowned in the fashion world for their fantastical, innovative and futuristic pieces, having dressed Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Pamela Anderson, and Debbie Harry. They recently achieved widespread acclaim for the many outlandish outfits they created for Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, film released on July 2016. They state on their Twitter account that they "like to work with interesting people".

Vin (R) + Omi (L) at the end of the show
Credit: Simon Armstrong

Videos of the show can be seen below, and the complete collection on British Vogue.


Complete show, look at 7:15 for the vulture clothes


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