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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 15:43   #1
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I am trying to identify the bird in this 1645 Danish painting. Because this predates 1869 I will rule out birds of paradise. Before that, there had only been 3 documented birds of paradise skins in Europe and this was certainly not one of them. The specimen has a black forehead, yellow-orange, and red feathers and two long tail wires. It is an early example of taxidermy in millinery. Although the subject is African, the turban is most likely ottoman in origin. I need help finding out the species of the bird and what parts of the bird are on display. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 15:50   #2
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Welcome to BirdForum. I must admit the bird looks a lot like a Bird of Paradise to me - possibly a Greater.
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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 16:10   #3
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BoP had been Identified, sketched and given taxonomic binomials prior to the 1869 date you are using. Linnaeus named the Greater in 1758.
So why discount it, there may have been a head dress on the model, or it may have been from sketches made elsewhere?
Seriously, I am interested to understand your quest as it seems that the painting could do with a cleaning to bring out the colour, but also, do you know for sure it was painted in Denmark, or was it a Danish artist elsewhere?

Also, I trust that you are not looking to recreate the head dress

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Old Wednesday 21st November 2018, 17:18   #5
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Thank You guys very much. It most likely is a greater bird of paradise then. The artist painted this for the danish court, but he is Dutch.
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I think definitely Greater BoP. Other Paradisaea species have red ornamental feathers or yellow head continues over the back.
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