Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus

George Raper (1769-1797)
Watercolour, 1789 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Raper collection

This bird was first described by George Shaw in 1794 as Psittacus funereus because of its black and sombre plumage, as though it was dressed for a funeral.

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The Art of the First Fleet book

The Art of the First Fleet book

Enjoy rare watercolours, ink and pencil drawings and some of the only visual records of the lives of the indigenous Eora people of Australia.

These beautiful illustrations, by artists on board the First Fleet, document the sights witnessed by the first Europeans to colonise Australia.

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