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Gallirallus philippensis, buff-banded rail

Drawing No. 45, watercolour by George Raper (1792) from The Raper Collection

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1768 1797 18th Century Australasia Banded Breast Buff Gallirallus George Raper Gruiformes Perched Perching Preening Rallidae Raper


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This exquisite watercolor illustration, drawn by George Raper in 1792, showcases the Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis), a fascinating avian species native to Australasia. The rail is perched on a branch, displaying its distinctive buff-colored bands that run across its breast and belly, earning it its namesake. The long, slender body of this bird is adorned with intricate feather patterns, creating a stunning visual display. George Raper, an accomplished naturalist and artist, meticulously captured the anatomy of this bird, paying close attention to its long, curved beak and the intriguing structure of its eyes. The rail's keen gaze is fixed on something beyond the frame, adding a sense of mystery to the scene. The illustration is part of The Raper Collection, which was produced during the late 18th century, a time when the scientific community was making significant strides in documenting the natural world. This watercolor, in particular, is a testament to the attention to detail and artistic skill of the time. The Buff-banded Rail is a member of the Rallidae family, which includes other well-known species such as the Moorhen and the Coot. This bird is native to New Guinea, Australia, and other islands in the Pacific. It is an elusive creature, preferring to hide in marshy areas and wetlands, making it a challenging subject for naturalists and artists alike. This illustration not only serves as a beautiful work of art but also as an important record of the natural history of the Buff-banded Rail. It invites us to appreciate the intricacies of this fascinating bird and the natural world around us.

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