Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in Renaissance painting

Subject: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in Renaissance painting
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:17:08 +1100
On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 05:08:09PM +1100, brian fleming wrote:
>   The Tigers occasionally seen in Rome probably came from Persia -

They may have been mostly Caspian Tigers but Indian ambassadors are
said to have brought Augustus a Tiger, as well as snakes & birds which
some think were Cobras & Monals.

Incidentally there are pre-Renaissance European painting of a Cockatoo.
Frederick II was given a White Cockatoo by the "Sultan of Babylon"
in  1229 and there are pictures in "De arte venandi cum avibus":

The "Cockatoo "in Madonna della Vittoria is less convincing.
I showed it to a friend (who hadn't seen the story ).  Her guess was
Crested Pigeon, and my first thought was Grey Go-Away-Bird.


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