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Flocks of colour.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
What name could be a more apt description of Australia than The land of parrots, a name inspired by late sixteenth-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 Cooks 1770 voyage, to William T. Coopers twentieth-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 Australias avifauna. It features a rich portfolio of images of all the Australian parrots, by various artists including John Gould, Edward Lear, Neville W. Cayley and William T. Cooper, selected from the collections of the National Library of Australia, The foreword is by Joseph Forshaw, a world expert on the parrot family.