'Native' birds on the new $5 banknote

To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: 'Native' birds on the new $5 banknote
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:33:59 +0000
The shape is a bit like a spinebill.  However, to me, the jizz of the
bird looks more like a bird from New Zealand or from SE Asia.

On 12/04/2016, at 6:29 PM, Bill Stent wrote:

> I understand that part of the bird is going to be transparent, and
> the specimen given was drawn on a blue background. This might
> explain the blue belly, at least.
> On 12/04/2016, at 6:14 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>> Here it is. It's supposed to be an Eastern Spinebill. Is there any
>> species like that in other countries?
>> <image1.JPG>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>> On 12 Apr 2016, at 5:48 PM, Neil Cheshire <>
>>> wrote:
>>> Interesting design for the new Australian $5 banknote - two
>>> 'native' birds are featured both of which appear to be new to
>>> science as they do not resemble any known native species!
>>> How could a design get to this stage with such obvious mistakes?
>>> The banknote can be seen at 'The Guardian' on line.

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