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3 June 2011

William Farquhar collection

From top of first column to bottom of forth column :
Black-tailed Godwit (黑尾塍鷸) ; Red-wattled Lapwing (肉垂麥雞)
Great Argus (大眼斑雉) ; Malayan Peacock-Pheasant (鳳冠孔雀雉)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (冠斑犀鳥) ; Black Bittern (黃頸黑鷺) ; Oriental Magpie-Robin (鵲鴝)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (栗喉蜂虎) ; Black-naped Oriole (黑枕黃鸝)
Blue-winged Pitta (馬來八色鶇)
Singapore (2002)

24th December, 2010. Clement West
5th January, 2010. Hongkong

William Farquhar (1774-1839), was a first Resident of Singapore and sixth Resident of Malacca. During the period of in officer of Singapore (1819-1823), he commissioned an artist illustrate domestic flora and fauna. As the artist is a Chinese, the illustrations drawn with watercolour but in Chinese style, total 447 plates are painted in these 4 years, it seems the very first records of Singapore or Malacca's fauna.

In 2002, Singpost selected 20 of illustrations for two minisheets and luckily one of them are birds. Unfortunately as some illustrations in vertical and horizontal formats, ten illustrations oddly printed in one sheet. Thanks to Eddie to tear them out of the sheet and affixed them on envelope regularly.

Perhaps in 250 years ago, those species are very common in South-east Asia, however in 21st century, some of birds like the hornbill and bee-eater are facing inhabit lost and listed as endangered species.
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