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"Gold-winged Bee-eater", native name "Wad-de-ar-gal"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 19 x 18.4 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 169

 

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Bird perched on a forked tree branch against a plain background. The bird's tail is fanned and raised towards the upper left, and its wings are outstretched. The head is turned to the right towards a small insect that is crawling up the main tree trunk. The bill is open to display a forked tongue. The head and back are black, overlaid with pale grey and blue hatched lines. The breast is grey-blue. The tail and wings are brown with orange patches and white tips, and are overlaid with darker hatched lines. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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