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"Soft-tailed Flycatcher", native name "Mur-re-a-nera"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 23 x 17 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 261


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Bird in profile, facing to the left. It is perched on a tree stump on a base that is gradated from yellow to green, against a plain background. The upper parts of the bird are brown with black patches. The underparts are yellow ochre, except for the throat which is blue. The tail consists of five long, straight feathers with widely spaced barbs, and is approximately twice as long as the main body. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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