Common Name: Red-billed Blue Magpie
Date Made/Found: 1850-1889
, British, 1804 - 1881
Thomas Campbell Eyton
, British, 1809 - 1880
Henry Constantine Richter
, British, 1821 - 1902
Hullmandel and Walton
, British, established 1845 - 1863
Material and Medium: hand-coloured lithograph on paper
Dimensions: Support: 535 x 371 x 371mm
Mount: 615 x 455mm
Accession Number: CGSG02105
Gould published eight major works on birds and most of the books comprised a number of volumes. By the end of his life he had been the mastermind of over 2000 bird illustrations, spanning every continent other than Antarctica. 'The Birds of Asia', from which this plate comes, has seven volumes and contains 530 plates. It was one of his later works, published in sections over 33 years and it introduced to his audience many previously un-illustrated species. Whilst Gould liked to study birds in their original habitat, even moving to Australia whilst he published ‘Birds of Australia’, this book was produced mainly from stuffed birds in collections and European zoos and menageries.
The common name for this bird is the Red-billed Blue Magpie and it now has the Latin species name of Urocissa erythrorhyncha. It is found in forests and mountainous regions across south eastern Asia.