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"Collared Kingfisher"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 25.3 x 16.7 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 161

 

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Bird seen in frontal view with the body turned slightly to the right, and the head seen in profile. The bird is perched on a tree stump, with a riverbank or shoreline and water at its base, but set against an otherwise plain background. The bird's head is black with a white strip from behind the eye towards the neck, and a brown patch in front of the eye. The throat and underparts are off-white to yellow. The wings and back are blue, and the relatively short tail grey. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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