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Pied or Common Wagtail - John Gerrard Keulemans - Framed Print - 14"H x 11"W

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Pied or Common Wagtail - John Gerrard Keulemans - Framed Print - 14"H x 11"W

Johannes Gerardus Keulemans (J. G. Keulemans) was a Dutch bird illustrator. For most of his life he lived and worked in England, illustrating a large number of the best-known ornithology books of the nineteenth century.

As a young man he collected animal specimens for museums such as the Natural History Museum in Leiden, whose director, Hermann Schlegel, encouraged and sent him on the 1864 expedition to West Africa. He was later persuaded by Richard Bowdler Sharpe to illustrate his Monograph of the Alcedinidae, or Family of Kingfishers.

One of his last great achievements was his contribution of over one hundred plates for Frederick Du Cane Godman's Monograph of the Petrels.

Keulemans is credited with describing the Cape Verde swamp-warbler, Calamodyta (Acrocephalus) brevipennis.

The wagtails form the passerine bird genus Motacilla. The common name and genus names are derived from their characteristic tail pumping behaviour.

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