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Ornithology Collection

Ornithology, the study of birds, has captivated artists and scientists alike throughout history

Background imageOrnithology Collection: FABRITIUS, Carel (1622-1654). The Goldfinch. ca

FABRITIUS, Carel (1622-1654). The Goldfinch. ca. 1654. NETHERLANDS. The Hague. Mauritshuis. Baroque art. Oil

Background imageOrnithology Collection: The Cape Fulmar (chromolitho)

The Cape Fulmar (chromolitho)
3644046 The Cape Fulmar (chromolitho) by Lydon, Alexander Francis (1836-1917); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Cape Fulmar)

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AMERICAN FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus ruber). Lithograph, 1858, after John James Audubon

AMERICAN FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus ruber). Lithograph, 1858, after John James Audubon

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Red kite

Red kite (Milvus milvus) preparing to land. This bird of prey has a wingspan of between 175 and 195 centimetres. This bird of prey is endemic to the western Palearctic ecoregion

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) perching on a branch. This bird is very small, with a length of only 13-15 centimetres including its very long tail. It is found in most of Europe and Asia

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould

Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould
Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Male and female of the finch family, from " Birds of Britain" by John Gould. Published in " The Birds of Britain, by James Fisher. [Collins, London, 1942]

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Red kite (Milvus milvus), two birds perching on a branch, one perching on top end of branch

Red kite (Milvus milvus), two birds perching on a branch, one perching on top end of branch, the other looking over shoulder

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Robin Redbreast

Robin Redbreast
Poem by M. Nightingale about the robin, featuring a lovely decoration by Gladys M. Rees. Date: 1939

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Oiseaux - birds

Oiseaux - birds
Page of birds including birds of prey and tropical birds. Date: 1930

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Jonathan Couch, Cornwall. Before 1870

Jonathan Couch, Cornwall. Before 1870
Full length portrait photograph of Dr Jonathan Couch (1789-1870) standing with one hand hooked into his waistcoat and holding a top hat in the other

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Dipper (Cinclus cinclus), perching on rock, side view

Dipper (Cinclus cinclus), perching on rock, side view

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), two birds wading through water, pecking, side view

Curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), two birds wading through water, pecking, side view

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AUDUBON: CARACARA, 1827-38. Crested caracara (Caracara cheriway)

AUDUBON: CARACARA, 1827-38. Crested caracara (Caracara cheriway), also known as Brazilian caracara eagle, by John James Audubon for his " Birds of America, " 1827-1838

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), male and female, perching in the grass

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), male and female, perching in the grass

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Barn owl, artwork C016 / 3233

Barn owl, artwork C016 / 3233
Barn owl (Tyto alba), artwork. Barn owls are nocturnal predators that prefer open country in which to hunt their prey, which includes small mammals such as rodents

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Silver spangled Hamburgh cock and hen

Silver spangled Hamburgh cock and hen, Henry Beldons pair, Cup at Allerton 1871, Hen first at Birmingham 1871, and cup at Bristol 1872

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour

Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour
Original watercolour drawings and illustrated MS relating to Indian Birds, forming one of a set of volumes from which the illustrated MS work by Tickell on Mammals, &c

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AUDUBON: PELICAN. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), from John J

AUDUBON: PELICAN. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), from John J. Audubons " The Birds of America, " 1827-1838

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Red Kite - in flight - Wales - UK

Red Kite - in flight - Wales - UK
DAC-340 Red Kite - in flight Wales - UK Milvus milvus David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Toulouse geese with dewlap, cock and hen

Toulouse geese with dewlap, cock and hen. Oie de Toulouse a bavette, Anser anser domesticus. Bred by James Watts, winners of five first prizes

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Illustration of an Oystercatcher (Haematopus sp. ) in flight

Illustration of an Oystercatcher (Haematopus sp. ) in flight
Illustration of an Oystercatcher (Haematopus sp.) in flight

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans, large white bird with black feathers at the end of its wings

Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans, large white bird with black feathers at the end of its wings

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AUDUBON: QUAIL-DOVE. Key West Quail-Dove (Geotrygon chrysia)

AUDUBON: QUAIL-DOVE. Key West Quail-Dove (Geotrygon chrysia). Engraving after John James Audubon for his Birds of America, 1827-38

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), United Kingdom, Europe

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Galah cockatoo (eolophus roseicapillus), perching on branch, looking sideways

Galah cockatoo (eolophus roseicapillus), perching on branch, looking sideways

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Comon magpies, 19th century artwork C013 / 6315

Comon magpies, 19th century artwork C013 / 6315
Common magpie (Pica pica) pair. Plate 31 from Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841) by William MacGillivray

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Two Jackdaws

Two Jackdaws (Corvus monedula), perched together on a wooden beam

Background imageOrnithology Collection: WHITE: FRIGATE BIRD. Watercolor, c1585, by John White

WHITE: FRIGATE BIRD. Watercolor, c1585, by John White

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AUDUBON: JAY AND MAGPIE. Scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), Stellers jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

AUDUBON: JAY AND MAGPIE. Scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), Stellers jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), yellow-billed magpie (Pica nuttalli), and Clarks nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AUDUBON: HAWK. Merlin, or pigeon hawk (Falco columbarius), from John James Audubons The Birds of

AUDUBON: HAWK. Merlin, or pigeon hawk (Falco columbarius), from John James Audubons The Birds of America, 1827-1838

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Siskins and Redpolls (Carduelis flammea) at Niger bird seed feeder - New Forest - Hampshire - UK

Siskins and Redpolls (Carduelis flammea) at Niger bird seed feeder - New Forest - Hampshire - UK
ROG-13880 Siskins and Redpolls (Carduelis flammea) at Niger bird seed feeder New Forest - Hampshire - UK Carduelis spinosa Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Great Spotted Woodpecker - female - Cornwall - UK

Great Spotted Woodpecker - female - Cornwall - UK
DAC-194 Great Spotted Woodpecker - female Cornwall - UK Dendrocopos major David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageOrnithology Collection: European starling flock

European starling flock. Flock of european starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) being chased by a hawk. The formation of large wheeling flocks, which can contain thousands of individuals

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Annas hummingbird, Calypte anna

Annas hummingbird, Calypte anna (Duchess of Rivolis hummingbird, Trochilus anna). Handcoloured steel engraving by William Lizars from Sir William Jardines Naturalists Library: Ornithology

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos

Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos.. Handcolored copperplate drawn and engraved by Edward Donovan from his own Natural History of British Birds, London, 1794-1819

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Willow grouse (Lagopus lagopus) in heathland, side view

Willow grouse (Lagopus lagopus) in heathland, side view

Background imageOrnithology Collection: White Goffins Cockatoo (Cacatuinae)

White Goffins Cockatoo (Cacatuinae)

Background imageOrnithology Collection: AUDUBON: BLACKBIRD, (1827). Red-winged Blackbird, or red-winged Starling (Agelaius phoeniceus)

AUDUBON: BLACKBIRD, (1827). Red-winged Blackbird, or red-winged Starling (Agelaius phoeniceus) by John James Audubon for his " Birds of America, " 1827-38

Background imageOrnithology Collection: European starling flock

European starling flock
European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flock. These dense flocks of European starlings, which can contain thousands of individuals, are most often seen at twilight. Photographed in Rome, Italy

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Illustration of a Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), side view

Illustration of a Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), side view

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) male on Bluebird Crossing sign, Marion Co. IL

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) male on Bluebird Crossing sign, Marion Co. IL

Background imageOrnithology Collection: American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida), Marion Co

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida), Marion Co. IL

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Nightjar, historical artwork

Nightjar, historical artwork
Nightjar. Historical artwork of a nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) catching an insect in flight. The nightjar usually hunts at dusk or dawn, mainly taking moths and beetles

Background imageOrnithology Collection: European starling flock

European starling flock (Sturnus vulgaris). These birds gather together in large flocks at dusk to roost. Photographed in Sedgemoor, Somerset, England, UK, in December

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Avocet - Texel - Netherlands

Avocet - Texel - Netherlands
DAC-171 Avocet Texel - Netherlands Recurvirostra avosetta David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageOrnithology Collection: Chough - Cornwall - UK

Chough - Cornwall - UK
DAC-298 Chough Cornwall - UK Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way



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Ornithology, the study of birds, has captivated artists and scientists alike throughout history. From the exquisite paintings of Carel Fabritius' "The Goldfinch" to Jonathan Couch's meticulous illustrations in Cornwall before 1870, these works have allowed us to appreciate the beauty and diversity of avian species. One such stunning depiction is the lithograph of the American Flamingo by John James Audubon in 1858. This vibrant artwork showcases the elegance and grace of these magnificent creatures as they stand tall on one leg. In another scene, we see two Curlew Sandpipers wading through water, their beaks pecking at unseen treasures beneath its surface. Their side view gives us a glimpse into their delicate movements and intricate feeding habits. The Robin Redbreast, with its distinctive red breastplate, symbolizes resilience and warmth during colder months. Its presence brings joy to many gardens across different regions. The Red Kite takes flight above our heads with its majestic wingspan. These birds are known for their scavenging abilities and can often be seen soaring effortlessly through open skies. A group of Long-tailed Tits perches together on a branch, forming an adorable display of camaraderie among feathered friends. Their fluffy plumage adds charm to any natural setting they inhabit. Meanwhile, the Wandering Albatross commands attention with its grandeur; this large white bird possesses black feathers at the end of its expansive wings – truly a sight to behold when gliding over vast oceans. Sadly extinct now is the Mauritian Dodo - a compact bird characterized by its curved brown bill and brown feet. A reminder that conservation efforts are crucial in preserving our avian companions for future generations. Moving away from wild species towards domesticated ones; we encounter Silver Spangled Hamburgh chickens strutting proudly amidst farm life – their striking plumage catching everyone's eye while they peck at the ground.