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"American Avoset", native name "Antiquatich"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.6 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 335


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Bird in profile, facing to the right, its neck bent so that its bill is pointing downwards. It is depicted standing on a pale yellow outcrop overlaid with grey and black serpentine lines and surrounded by a narrow strip of water, against a plain background. The bird's head and neck are red-brown, the underparts and top of the back are white, and the wing is black with a white stripe. The legs are pink with black spots. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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