Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in Renaissance painting

To: brian fleming <>
Subject: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in Renaissance painting
From: Wendy Cayless <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:44:49 +0300
Off topic but leopards still survive in Oman in the Hills of Dhafur (inland 
from Salalah)

Wendy in Qatar


> On 19 Mar 2014, at 9:08 am, brian fleming <> wrote:
>   I have only just come in on this discussion.  I recollect similar confusion 
> over a 16th century portrait of a child, I think a young Russell from the 
> Duke of Bedford's family, with a yellow-crested cockatoo - the conclusion was 
> that it was a Wallacean species, which would have come to Western Europe with 
> Dutch East Indian trade.  Plumes from Birds of Paradise were traded along the 
> Spice Routes, and I see no reason why a live Cockatoo might not have survived 
> long-distance travel. Large seed-eating birds are not hard to transport.
>  The Tigers occasionally seen in Rome probably came from Persia - there used 
> to be a Caspian subspecies, probably now extinct.  They were found in 
> forested regions, while lions were found in more steppe-like habitats.  I 
> believe that a very few Leopards still survive.
> Anthea Fleming
>> On 19/03/2014 2:15 PM, Andrew Taylor wrote:
>> Parrots (Psitticula sp.) apparently survived the journey from India
>> to ancient Rome, so its quite plausible a cockatoo would survived
>> a longer journey 2000 years later.  Tigers which are less portable -
>> also apparently survived the journey to ancient Rome from India.
>> Andrew
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