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"Strigoid Goatsucker", native name "Birreagal"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 26.6 x 17.9 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 295


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Bird in profile, facing to the right. It is depicted perched on a branch which extends from a tree stump set on a green - yellow base tinged with red, against a plain background. The upper parts of the bird are predominantly brown stippled with dark grey and black markings which create a mottled effect, with white patches on the wing. The underparts are pale grey overlaid with brown striations. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in ink and pencil.


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is annotated in ink at lower right "One half of the Natural size July Native name Birreagal".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "220.". This refers to the catalogue list compiled by John Latham c. 1801 which was acquired with the drawings, and is filed with them at the end of the Watling Drawings series.
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Strigoid Goatsucker Sup. 2. 262". This has been copied in ink at lower right, "Strigoid Goatsucker Latham Syn Suppt 2. p. 262.". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Tawny Frogmouth, Podargus strigoides in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • The drawing is annotated in pencil at top "Lambert Drawings I 67.". This refers to a related set of drawings from the collections of the 13th Earl of Derby, held in the Library at Knowsley Hall, Lancashire.
  • A separate label is attached to the mount at lower right. It is inscribed in pencil "Type".
  • The author of this catalogue record is Suzanne Stenning.
  • By permission of the trustees of the Natural History Museum (London)
  • Two sets of transparencies held in the Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Library and Picture Library: Picture Library reference number 12295
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Latham, John. Supplement II to the General Synopsis of Birds. London: Leigh, Sotheby, 1802.
  • Hindwood K. A. 'The "Watling" drawings with incidental notes on the "Lambert" and the "Latham" drawings', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for the years 1968-69 (1970).