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Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Strigops habroptilus, kakapo

Strigops habroptilus, kakapo
Watercolour by John Gerrard Keulemans (c. 1887-1905), from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A history of the Birds of New Zealand (1887-88)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal

Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal
Plate from John Goulds The Birds of New Guinea, (1875-1888). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Cygnus atratus, black swan

Cygnus atratus, black swan
Watercolour 351 by the Port Jackson Painter from the Watling Collection

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Bubo coromandus, dusky eagle owl

Bubo coromandus, dusky eagle owl
A watercolour of the dusky eagle owl (Bubo coromandus) by an unknown artist, (c. 1840), part of the Lord Ashton Collection held in the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Anser brachyrhynchus, pink-footed goose

Anser brachyrhynchus, pink-footed goose
Watercolour and ink by John Gould (c. 1865). An example of a prelliminary work by Gould in preparation for an illustration which would be published in one of his books

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Egretta garzetta, little egret

Egretta garzetta, little egret
A watercolour by James Hope Stewart, c. 1825-35. From Sir William Jardines The Naturalists Library

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Ceratagymna elata, yellow-casqued hornbill

Ceratagymna elata, yellow-casqued hornbill
Watercolour and gouache John Gerrard Keulemans

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Upupa epops, common hoopoe

Upupa epops, common hoopoe
Plate 55, painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects & Plants, (1754-57)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Garrulus glandarius, Eurasian jay

Garrulus glandarius, Eurasian jay
Watercolour by the German ornithologist, hunter and bird collector, Christian Ludwig Landbeck (c. 1833-4)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Psephotus dissimilis, hooded parrot

Psephotus dissimilis, hooded parrot
Plate 14 from Ferdinand Lucas Bauers zoological watercolours and drawings observed during Captain Matthew Flinders circumnavigational survey of Australia (Investigator 1801-1803)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Dacelo novaeguineae, laughing kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae, laughing kookaburra
Drawing No. 57, watercolour by George Raper (1792) from The Raper Collection

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Erithacus rubecula, European robin

Erithacus rubecula, European robin
Watercolour by Paul Barruel (c. 1970). From Birds The Art of Ornithology by Jonathan Elphick, 2004

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Alcedo athhis, common kingfisher

Alcedo athhis, common kingfisher
Watercolour by Charles F. Tunnicliffe (c. 1973)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Motacilla flava, yellow wagtail

Motacilla flava, yellow wagtail
Watercolour by Henrik Gr� ld (1924-5)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Dromaius novaehollandiae, emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae, emu
Drawing No. 67, watercolour by George Raper (1792) from The Raper Collection

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: A Medieval nightmare

A Medieval nightmare
This hand coloured woodcut showing a human headed bird grappling a man is from Jacobus Meydenbacks Hortus Sanitatis, (1491)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Anastomus lamelligerus, African open-bill

Anastomus lamelligerus, African open-bill
Watercolour and pencil by Claude Gibney Finch-Davies (1918). This species is a member of the stork family and mainly hunts in marshes and wetlands

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Black vulture, artwork C016 / 5675

Black vulture, artwork C016 / 5675
Black vulture (Coragyps atratus). Watercolour by John Latham from the John Latham collection. Natural History Museum, London, UK

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Polyplectron bicalcaratum, grey peacock-pheasant

Polyplectron bicalcaratum, grey peacock-pheasant

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Cacatua sulphurea, yellow-crested cockatoo

Cacatua sulphurea, yellow-crested cockatoo
Plate from William Hayes Portraits of Rare and Curious Birds, With Their Descriptions, From the Menagery of Osterley Park, London, (1794)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Corvus corone cornix, hooded (carrion) crow

Corvus corone cornix, hooded (carrion) crow
Plate 30 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Bubo bubo, Eurasian eagle-owl

Bubo bubo, Eurasian eagle-owl
Plate 38 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Dryocopus martius, black woodpecker

Dryocopus martius, black woodpecker
Plate 25 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Himantopus himantopus, black-winged stilt

Himantopus himantopus, black-winged stilt
Large Series plate 62, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Ara macao, scarlet macaw

Ara macao, scarlet macaw
Plate 7 from Edward Lears Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae or Parrots (1832). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Phalaropus lobatus, red-necked phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus, red-necked phalarope
Ff. 63, watercolour by William Ellis from a collection of sketches of Mammals, Birds and Fish made on Captian James Cooks third voyage (1776-1780)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Ketupa zeylonensis, brown fish owl

Ketupa zeylonensis, brown fish owl
Plate 3, painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects & Plants, (1754-57)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Chrysocolaptes lucidus, greater flame-backed woodpecker

Chrysocolaptes lucidus, greater flame-backed woodpecker
Plate 19, painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects & Plants, (1754-57)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Loriculus sp. hanging parrot

Loriculus sp. hanging parrot
Large Series plate 28, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Aethia cristatella, crested auklet

Aethia cristatella, crested auklet
Ff. 38, watercolour by William Ellis from a collection of sketches of Mammals, Birds and Fish made on Captian James Cooks third voyage (1776-1780)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Platycercus caledonicus, green rosella

Platycercus caledonicus, green rosella
Ff. 16, watercolour by William Ellis from a collection of sketches of Mammals, Birds and Fish made on Captian James Cooks third voyage (1776-1780)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Philomachus pugnax, ruff

Philomachus pugnax, ruff
Plate 87, hand coloured engraving from Eleazar Albins A Natural History of Birds, (1734)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Ptiloris magnificus, magnificent riflebird

Ptiloris magnificus, magnificent riflebird

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Junglefowl

Junglefowl
A watercolour from Giovanni da Udines Raccolta di Uccelli (c. 1850)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Struthio camelus, ostrich

Struthio camelus, ostrich
Watercolour by Sarah Stone (1788) from the collection of Sir Ashton Lever

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Goura cristata, western crowned pigeon

Goura cristata, western crowned pigeon
Watercolour by Sarah Stone (1788) from the collection of Sir Ashton Lever

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Phoenicopterus ruber ruber, greater flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber ruber, greater flamingo
Watercolour by Sarah Stone (1788) from the collection of Sir Ashton Lever

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Cepphus grylle, black guillemot

Cepphus grylle, black guillemot
Plate 219 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1834-35), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Lophura leucomelana, kalij pheasant

Lophura leucomelana, kalij pheasant
A watercolour by Lady Mary Bentinck (c. 1833)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Sericulus aureus, flame bowerbird

Sericulus aureus, flame bowerbird
Plate 48 from John Goulds The Birds of New Guinea, Vol. 1 (1875-88). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Amandava amandava, red avadavat

Amandava amandava, red avadavat
Watercolour by Frederick Ditmas (c. 1840)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Progne subis, purple martin

Progne subis, purple martin

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Elanoides forficatus, American swallow-tailed kite

Elanoides forficatus, American swallow-tailed kite
Plate 72 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1827-30), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Tichodroma muraria, wallcreeper

Tichodroma muraria, wallcreeper
A watercolour by Lady Mary Bentinck (c. 1833)

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Historia Naturalis Title Page

Historia Naturalis Title Page
The title page from Historia Naturalis (Natural History) by Pliny the Elder. This 1st edition was published in Venice in 1469. Incunabulum, illuminated with watercolour and gold paint. 400mm x 270 mm

Background imageBirds The Art Of Ornithology Collection: Ramphastos vitellinus, channel-billed toucan

Ramphastos vitellinus, channel-billed toucan
Original oil painting on canvas by Nicholas Aylward Vigors, (1831). 48cm x 62cm



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"Birds: The Art of Ornithology - A Kaleidoscope of Nature's Masterpieces" Immerse yourself in the captivating world of ornithology, where every feathered creature tells a unique story. From the enchanting Strigops habroptilus, also known as the kakapo, with its vibrant green plumage and endearing nature, to the majestic Cygnus atratus, or black swan, gracefully gliding across tranquil waters. Discover the mysterious Bubo coromandus, the dusky eagle owl that silently prowls through moonlit forests. Marvel at the resplendent Pharomachrus moccino and its iridescent feathers that shimmer like precious gemstones in sunlight. Witness elegance personified with Egretta garzetta, as it delicately wades through marshes with effortless grace. Behold Ceratagymna elata's magnificent yellow-casqued hornbill perched high on treetops; an emblem of wisdom and grandeur. Admire Upupa epops' flamboyant crown-like crest atop its head while it dances along meadows – a true embodiment of beauty. The mischievous Dacelo novaeguineae will surely make you laugh with its infectious cackling calls – meet the laughing kookaburra. Encounter Erithacus rubecula, better known as European robin; a symbol of hope and joy during chilly winters. Psephotus dissimilis enchants all who witness its vibrant hues adorning lush rainforests – behold the hooded parrot. Catch a glimpse of Alcedo athhis diving into crystal-clear waters to snatch fish effortlessly – marvel at nature's perfect hunter: common kingfisher. Lastly but not leastly is Garrulus glandarius - Eurasian jay - whose striking blue plumage stands out amidst verdant woodlands, a true symbol of intelligence and adaptability.