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Plate 336, hand coloured copperplate etching from George Edwards The Gleanings of Natural History, Vol. 3 (1764). Annotated Crested kingfisher

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This exquisite hand-colored copperplate etching (Plate 336) is an 18th-century illustration of a Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata), taken from George Edwards' seminal work, "The Gleanings of Natural History," Volume 3 (1764). The intricately detailed image showcases the kingfisher's vibrant blue plumage, adorned with distinctive white and black crest feathers. The bird perches confidently on a branch, its beady eyes scanning the water below for potential prey. Annotated with labels denoting various anatomical features, this illustration offers a fascinating glimpse into the natural history of this bird. The kingfisher's long, downward-curved bill is clearly visible, as are the characteristic white patches on its cheeks. The delicate rendering of the bird's breast feathers and the intricate patterns on its wings add to the overall beauty of the artwork. The illustration also reveals the kingfisher's close relationship with the natural world, as it is depicted with an insect, likely a hymenopteran or bee, in its beak. This detail underscores the kingfisher's role as a predator within the intricate web of the natural world. George Edwards' meticulous attention to detail and commitment to scientific accuracy make this copperplate etching an invaluable resource for ornithologists and natural historians. The image is a testament to the artistry and scientific curiosity of the 18th century, offering a window into a time when the natural world was a source of endless fascination and discovery.

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