HIGH SOCIETY Exhibition Sydney October New York November

Ornithurae - exhibited 2017

Superb fruit dove

Superb fruit dove


©Leila Jeffreys 2017
Superb fruit dove 2017 Series: Ornithurae
Photograph on archival fibre based cotton rag paper
112 x 89 cm, 44 x 35 inch (standard) 140 x 112 cm, 55 x 44 inch (large)

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While most street pigeons are as drab as businessmen in suits, the fruit doves of New Guinea and Australia come dressed as if for a mardi gras, in purples, yellows and other fearless colours. The vivid rainforest fruits they eat have given them an appreciation for colours on each other. (Reconsider the Pigeon, by biologist Tim Low.)