Le Magnifique No. 9
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Jacques Barraband (1767-1809)
Le Magnifique No.9
From: Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets
Engraving with original hand color
Paper Dimension: 14 x 21
The magnificent bird-of-paradise is distributed amongst the hill and mid-mountain forests of New Guinea and surrounding islands. The female is a comparatively drab olive-brown bird with black-barred buffy underparts whilst the male, shown here, has seemingly incandescent yellow wings, and an iridescent-green breast shield. He has two long, curved, blue-green sickle-like tail feathers.