London: Hullmandel & Walton, 1842. Magnificent original period hand colored lithograph, from John Gould's "Birds of Australia", the most complete and comprehensive ornithological work on Australia ever completed published. Plate Number 21, Volume I.
Powerful image of a single male Australian Kite. Kites are often seen soaring and gliding in thermals, surveying the terrain for food. They are identified by their angled wings, distinctive forked tails, and shrill calls. This kite is found in the temperate and tropical areas of Australasia. 14 1/2 x 21 1/2" Very good condition. Item #24676