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Jonathan Elphick Collection

Jonathan Elphick is a true connoisseur of the avian world, with an encyclopedic knowledge that spans from the Strigops habroptilus, commonly known as the kakapo

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Cygnus atratus, black swan

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Motacilla flava, yellow wagtail

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Dromaius novaehollandiae, emu

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Walter Rothschilds Necropsittacus borbonicus

Walter Rothschilds Necropsittacus borbonicus
Plate 8, a watercolour painting on paper by Henrik Gronvold from Walter Rothschilds Extinct Birds (1907). Art original 56 x 78 cm. Date: 1907

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Bubo bubo, Eurasian eagle-owl

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Dryocopus martius, black woodpecker

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Philomachus pugnax, ruff

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Ptiloris magnificus, magnificent riflebird

Ptiloris magnificus, magnificent riflebird

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Struthio camelus, ostrich

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Goura cristata, western crowned pigeon

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Phoenicopterus ruber ruber, greater flamingo

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Lophura leucomelana, kalij pheasant

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Amandava amandava, red avadavat

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Progne subis, purple martin

Progne subis, purple martin

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Tichodroma muraria, wallcreeper

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Ramphastos vitellinus, channel-billed toucan

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

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Arborophila torqueola, common hill partridge

Arborophila torqueola, common hill partridge
A watercolour by Lady Mary Bentinck (c. 1833)

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Conuropsis carolinensis, Carolina parakeet

Conuropsis carolinensis, Carolina parakeet
Plate 26 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Oceandroma leucorhoa, Leachs storm-petrel

Oceandroma leucorhoa, Leachs storm-petrel
Plate 260 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Fregata magnificens, magnificent frigatebird

Fregata magnificens, magnificent frigatebird
Plate 271 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 imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Raphus cucullatus, dodo, Ara macao, scarlet macaw

Raphus cucullatus, dodo, Ara macao, scarlet macaw
Oil painting attributed to Roelandt Savery (c. 1625). Given to The Natural History Museum, London, in 1759 by G. Edwards. See N04297 for black and white image

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Passerculus sandwichensis, Savannah sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis, Savannah sparrow
Plate 109 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1831-34), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Pelecanus conspicillatus, white pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus, white pelican
Drawing No. 41, watercolour by George Raper (1792) from The Raper Collection

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Podargus strigoides, tawny frogmouth

Podargus strigoides, tawny frogmouth
Watercolour 296 by the Port Jackson Painter from the Watling Collection titled Great-headed Goatsucker

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Falco peregrinus, peregrine palcon

Falco peregrinus, peregrine palcon
Plate 9 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Picus major, great spotted woodpecker

Picus major, great spotted woodpecker
A watercolour by Pieter Holsteyn the elder (c. 1580-1662). Original artwork (141mm-181mm)

Background imageJonathan Elphick Collection: Cochoa purpurea, purple cochoa

Cochoa purpurea, purple cochoa
Plate 229, a watercolour by Rajman Singh, from Brian Houghton Hodgsons collection of birds and mammals of Nepal



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Jonathan Elphick is a true connoisseur of the avian world, with an encyclopedic knowledge that spans from the Strigops habroptilus, commonly known as the kakapo, to the majestic Cygnus atratus or black swan. His passion for birds extends to even the most elusive species like Bubo coromandus, also known as the dusky eagle owl. But it doesn't stop there; Jonathan's expertise encompasses exotic beauties such as Pharomachrus moccino, better recognized as the resplendent quetzal. He can identify Egretta garzetta, a delicate little egret with its elegant white plumage and slender figure. Not to mention his familiarity with Upupa epops or common hoopoe - a bird famous for its unique crown-like crest. Jonathan's admiration for feathered creatures goes beyond their physical attributes; he understands their behavior too. From observing Erithacus rubecula (European robin) building intricate nests to unraveling Psephotus dissimilis' (hooded parrot) complex social dynamics within flocks. His knowledge expands further into Garrulus glandarius or Eurasian jay - recognizing their intelligence and ability to mimic sounds effortlessly. And let's not forget about Falco peregrinus, otherwise known as peregrine falcon - renowned for its incredible speed during hunting dives. Even lesser-known species like Motacilla flava (yellow wagtail) and Dromaius novaehollandiae (emu) find their place in Jonathan's vast repertoire of avifauna wisdom. In short, Jonathan Elphick is an ornithological virtuoso who has dedicated his life to understanding and appreciating every aspect of our feathery friends. With him around, no bird will ever go unnoticed or unappreciated.