a color plate from 1961

Within the days when color printing was extraordinarily costly, the Avicultural Society had particular appeals for funds to help the looks in Avicultural Journal of the occasional color plate. A widely known fowl artist was then commissioned. Though the entire run of the Society’s magazines will be discovered on-line, the plates not often see the sunshine of day. Subsequently I made a decision to indicate one, every now and then, on this website. That is the fifth within the collection. 

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This plate illustrates an article by the artist, David Morrison Reid Henry (1919-1977), writing from Woodford Inexperienced in Essex.

The Blue-throated Barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus) is discovered at heights from 200 to 2000 metres. It happens from northern Pakistan and India by means of Nepal and Bhutan to Burma and China then south into Thailand, Laos and northern Vietnam. We have now seen this fowl within the wild in Assam and in Bhutan.

The Asian Barbets (household Megalaimidae) are primarily forest-dwelling birds. They eat fruit, particularly figs, invertebrates and any small lizard that could be noticed.

Avicultural Journal 67, 1961

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