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"Slender-billed Creeper"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 22.2 x 20.3 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 182

 

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Bird perched on a branch, its body facing right with its head turned in profile to the left, against a plain background. The bill is long and curved, and has a 'brush' tongue protruding from it. The face is black, the back of the head pale yellow, and the throat white with darker patches. The breast and belly are pale yellow with grey horizontal striations. The wings are dark grey overlaid with black hatched lines, and the tail, seen from underneath is black - dark grey with white at tips. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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