Royal Epimachus, New Holland, (Australia), 1822-1825.
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Engraved plate 28 by Coutant after Prevost, from 'Voyage autour du monde', ('Voyage round the world') by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826). The epimachus illustrated belongs to a group of very ornate and brilliantly coloured Australian birds, and is allied to the birds of Paradise. 'New Holland' was one of the early names for Australia. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its world voyage (1822-1825) which included Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.