French Antique Taxidermy from the 1910's - a pretty little Female, Adult Dunlin - a small European Wader with the typical plumage and a buff underside. This specimen came from the very North of France, where they are quite a rarity; they are more common in the far North and North Western Europe, usually seen in estuaries or sometimes in flooded fields. This bird is perched on a simple rectangular oak plinth and is in a searching pose, as if wading in the water.
The Dunlin (Calidris alpina) is a small wader, sometimes separated with the other "stints" in Erolia. The English name is a dialect form of "dunling", first recorded in 1531–2. It derives from dun, "dull brown", with the suffix -ling, meaning a person or thing with the given quality. This specimen was part of a large collection that we acquired from a closed museum. She has had a hard life and a repair to her neck, hence the lower price - and although she is quite an old lady, she is still a charming Antique display item. The bird dates from the 1910's and small birds like these are ideal for interior design, adding the touch of nature without being overpowering. This little birds has been displayed away from sunlight but not fully covered by glass. Standing at 7" or 17.5cm high (including the perch), by 4" or 10cm wide and 9" or 22.5cm long, the bird weighs under 100 grammes without any packaging.
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