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"Banded Goatsucker"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 294


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Bird in profile, facing to the left. It is depicted perched on a stump which is set on a green to yellow base, against a plain background. The bill is open to display the inside of the mouth and the tongue. The head and underparts are predominantly off-white overlaid with grey horizontal striations, except for a pale orange patch under the eye and round the neck, and a black crown and stripe around the neck. The back is blue-grey mottled with brown and dark grey. The wings and tail are pale orange-brown with black markings. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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