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"Blue-cheeked Bee Eater", native name "Der-ro-gang"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [Between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.8 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 173


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Bird in profile, facing to the right, perched on a tree branch against a plain background. The bird has a black head with a blue patch around the eye which fades as it gets closer to the eye, and a white patch on the back of its head. The bill is curved and the tongue pink and forked. The throat, breast and belly are white to grey, and the wing, back and tail yellow overlaid with brown hatched lines. 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 bottom "Two thirds the Natural size. Native name Der-ro-gang."
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The drawing is inscribed in ink at top right with the number "94.". 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 at top in pencil "Blue-cheeked Bee eater Sup 2 154". This has been copied in ink at bottom, "Blue cheeked Bee eater. Latham Syn Suppt. 2.p.154". The page reference is to Latham's Second Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds (1802).
  • This bird was more recently identified as the Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis in Hindwood K. A. (1970).
  • 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 12173
  • 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).