Le Grand Oiseau De Paradis Emeraude by Jacques Barraband



Title

Le Grand Oiseau De Paradis Emeraude

Artist

Jacques Barraband

Ref GM035
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 17" x 23" (43 x 58 cm)
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Description  
This remarkable depiction of a Bird of Paradise was published initially in the “Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers, suivie de celle des toucans et des barbus”, a book produced by Francois Levaillant in 1806 and published in two volumes with 114 colour plates. Birds of Paradise come from the avian group known as “passerine” and principally inhabit New Guinea and its adjacent islands. They were originally named by Dutch voyagers in recognition of the brilliance of their plumage. For many years it was believed that the birds possessed neither wings nor feet, and spent their lives in the air. The largest Bird of Paradise is the Great Emerald Bird, which has a head and neck covered with short, thickset feathers of a bright straw colour above, with a brilliant emerald green beneath. From under the shoulders on each side springs a dense tuft of golden orange plumes of around 2ft in length. The two central tail feathers can reach lengths in excess of 34 inches. Only adult male Birds of Paradise have splendid plumage of this kind; females are plain brown birds, possessing neither plumes nor lengthened tails.