The Blackbird

The Blackbird (Turdus Merula) by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn) (1823-1909). 1862. Plate 13, Birds Drawn from Nature (Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Harvard University Library). The artist's initials appear in lower left corner. Click on image to enlarge it

Blackburn notes in her annotation, “This plate is from a caged bird. The species is common enough in Moidart in gardens.” Blackburn captures the defining characteristics of this bird species—its yellow eye ring, yellow-orange bill, long tail, and glossy black plumage.

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Blackburn, Jemima. Birds Drawn from Nature. Glasgow: James Maclehose, 1862. Internet Archive online version in the Harvard University Library. Web. 11 January 2021.

Last modified 11 February 2021