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Black Penelope

Posted by Alix on 18 September 2007


Picked this print up at the book market underneath Waterloo Bridge. I don’t know who the artist was, or when it’s from, but Wikipedia at least helps me with the identity of the bird – ‘penelope‘ refers to a genus of bird which lives in South America to Mexico, also known as ‘guans’. Many of the species in the genus appear to be in danger or extinct, so perhaps there are no longer any black penelopes in the world. Apparently they are ‘turkey like’ and have a ‘raucous honking call’.


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