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"Blue-cheeked Bee Eater"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [Between 1792 and 1797]
Dimensions: 21.5 x 20.3 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 174

 

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Bird in profile, facing to the left, perched on a tree branch against a plain background. The bird has a black curved bill and pink 'brush' tongue, and a black head with a blue patch around the eye. The throat, breast and belly are white, with a dark grey patch on the front of the throat. The back, wing and tail are yellow to brown. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.

 

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