Gil Macarrón et al., 2014: THE MOUNTING OF TWO BIRDS
is very damaged (surface dirt, paint stains,
of the seller is not provided. However,
amputation of the tongue created by the
additional documentation indicates that the
seller was a Cuban military doctor living in
feathers, etc.), it has a solid structural
Madrid. We are still researching to relate
configuration. The legs and the cere are colored
various documents we have found (the label on
with yellow. The eyes are made of glass, and at
the specimen and two documents found in the
the top of the head and under the tail, the
archive of the Museum of Science).
internal metal armor appears. The tongue
The pink flamingo is in poor condition. It is very
might be made of wax and wood, but this has
unstable, has no base and the neck is broken,
not yet been determined. The figure is
having also lost the feathers in this area. It has
mounted on a pedestal shaped base, covered
glass eyes and the taxidermy quality is very
with sand.
rudimentary. At first glance, it seems that
areas that are often colored in birds have not
been painted. However, along the legs there
are two coatings: a lighter and translucent,
Figure 6)
yellowish layer, and on top of this, a denser
The pink flamingo is property of the National
thick dark brown layer, on which parallel
Museum of Natural Sciences of Spain since
incisions are present. In the area where the
January 1891, when the museum bought it
neck is broken, a whitish fiber can be seen as
from Mr. Moreno Gonzalez, his previous owner,
filling. The internal iron armature is of golden
as the identification label indicates. No other
color, and protrudes about ten centimeters
associated documentation exists. It appears
from the flamingo´s feet. The specimen does
probable that the flamingo was part of a
not have a base, although holes in the feet
collection purchased in May of that year (Figure
indicate that it was affixed to a base or diorama
7), as it was recorded in the book of entries
and exits of the Museum. In this list, the name
Figure 3: Flamingo from the same batch as the Golden Eagle made by the Benedito brothers, where you can see the arsenical
soap applied on the reverse side of the skin.
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