Flocks of Colour

A plethora of pictures, paintings and prints of parrots, parakeets and other perky psittacines perched prettily, their pulchritudinous plumage proving popular perennially, and including cheeky cheerfully chattering cockatoos, cockatiels and corellas. The illustrations are from the collections of the National Library of Australia and all 56 species of Australian parrot are included. The use of such illustrations, taken from the past 200 years of European discovery, provides a historical context and allows the reader to consider whether our perceptions of parrots have changed over time. And if some of the earlier artworks lack anatomical accuracy, they certainly reflect the charm of their subjects.

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