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New Zealand Kingfisher (young and adult)

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New Zealand Kingfisher (young and adult)

New Zealand Kingfisher Kotare, Todiramphus sanctus vagnas (young and adult). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 13 Date: 1888

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A History Of The Birds Of New Zealand Buller Coraciiformes Jg Keulemans John Gerrard Keulemans Keulemans Kingfisher Sauropsid Sauropsida Watercolor


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This stunning watercolor artwork depicts both the young and adult forms of the New Zealand Kingfisher, also known as the New Zealand Pied Kingfisher or Kotare (Todiramphus sanctus vagnas). The illustration is taken from Sir Walter Lawry Buller's seminal work, "A History of the Birds of New Zealand," published in 1888. The artwork was created by the renowned Dutch natural history illustrator, John Gerrard Keulemans. The New Zealand Kingfisher is a distinctive bird native to New Zealand and is a member of the Coraciiformes order, which also includes rollers, bee-eaters, and motmots. Kingfishers are characterized by their large heads, short, hooked beaks, and vibrant plumage. The New Zealand Kingfisher is easily recognizable by its black and white plumage, with the adult bird displaying a bright orange beak and legs. The young bird, as depicted in this illustration, has a duller beak and legs, and its feathers are not yet fully developed. Keulemans' meticulous attention to detail is evident in the intricate textures and patterns of the Kingfisher's feathers, as well as the lifelike depiction of the bird's expressive eyes. The artwork also captures the Kingfisher's distinctive posture, perched on a branch overhanging the water, ready to dive in for its prey. This historical illustration provides a fascinating glimpse into the natural history of New Zealand and the remarkable talent of one of the greatest natural history illustrators of all time. The New Zealand Kingfisher remains an iconic species in New Zealand's rich avian biodiversity, and this artwork continues to inspire appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

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