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Flocks of Colour
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Penny Olsen
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Flocks of Colour

Penny Olsen


National Library of Aust.

Mathematics & Sciences;
Birds (ornithology);
Wildlife: birds & birdwatching


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Another of those glorious productions the National Library does so well.

Australia’s avifauna is distinguished by many beautiful birds, and particularly by our glorious parrots. This splendid book draws on the National Library collection and features images of all the Australian parrots, from the first published illustration of a rainbow lorikeet collected in 1770 to William Cooper’s watercolour of the fabled night parrot. With essays by Olsen, this gorgeous book is the perfect gift for anyone interested in birds, nature, science, history or art. It’s one I’ve bought myself! Lindy


What name could be a more apt description of Australia than The Land of Parrots, a name inspired by late 16th-century maps showing a southern region labelled Psittacorum regio? This beautiful book takes a close look at parrots in Australia, from the first published illustration of an Australian parrot - a Rainbow Lorikeet collected live on Cook’s 1770 voyage - to William Cooper’s 20th-century watercolour of the elusive Night Parrot. With introductory essays by ornithologist Penny Olsen, this book covers two and a quarter centuries of discovery and illustration of Australia’s avifauna. It features a rich portfolio of images of all the Australian parrots by artists including John Gould, Edward Lear, Neville Cayley and William Cooper, selected from the collections of the National Library of Australia. The foreword is by Joseph Forshaw, a world expert on the parrot family.

By:   Penny Olsen
Imprint:   National Library of Aust.
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 233mm, 
ISBN:   9780642278067
ISBN 10:   0642278067
Publication Date:   October 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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