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"Fantailed Cuckoo"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 27.4 x 22 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 157


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Bird, the body turned to the left but seen from a slightly frontal view, with the head in profile facing left. It is perched on a tree branch against a plain background. The bird is predominantly coloured in shades of brown and yellow ochre, with a dark band around the throat, and with a pale breast, belly and legs. The tail, which is fanned out and seen from underneath, is patterned with black and white. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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