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Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus

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Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus

Red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, and oriental or Indian Darter, Anhinga melanogaster.. Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Dumont de Sainte-Croixs Dictionary of Natural Science: Ornithology, Paris, France, 1816-1830. Illustration by J. G. Pretre, engraved by V. Plee Jr. directed by Pierre Jean-Francois Turpin, and published by F.G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephines zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History

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Billed Cuvier Darter Dictionary Frederic Gabriel Phaethon Pretre Stipple Tropicbird Aethereus Anhinga Melanogaster


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This stunning handcolored copperplate stipple engraving, created between 1816 and 1830, features two captivating waterbirds: the Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) and the Oriental or Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster). The illustration, which is part of the "Dictionnaire de Naturalisation: Oiseaux" (Dictionary of Natural Science: Ornithology) by Frederic Cuvier, was produced in Paris, France. The Red-billed Tropicbird, depicted on the left, is a large seabird with distinctive red bills and long, pointed wings. They are known for their agile flight, which involves flying low over the water with their wings in a V-shape. The Red-billed Tropicbird is found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. On the right, the Oriental or Indian Darter, also known as the Anhinga, is a fish-eating waterbird with a long, slender body and a distinctive neck. They are often found in shallow, still or slow-moving bodies of water, such as marshes, swamps, and lakes. The Oriental Darter is native to Africa, Asia, and Australia. The illustration was produced by the skilled hand of Jean Gabriel Pretre, who was a painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became an artist to the Museum of Natural History in Paris. The engraving was executed by V. Plee Jr., under the direction of Pierre Jean-Francois Turpin, and published by F.G. Levrault. This beautiful work of art showcases the intricate detail and masterful technique of the copperplate stipple engraving process, which was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries for producing high-quality scientific illustrations.

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