Michael Morcombe's Australia Fine China Series
Fine Porcelain, Made in Australia by Australian Fine China.
Plate, mug and coaster featuring two species of small Australian marsupials: the 38 cm (15 inch) long Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) and 15 cm (6 inch) long Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus). A broad membrane of furred skin stretched between outspread legs allows gliding flight from high to lower parts of tall forest trees. As mursupials, both have pouches (like kangaroo and koala) in which their young, are carried.
Plate, mug and coaster displaying two speciesof mouse-sized pouched marsupials, the Pigmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus) (top) and the Honey Possum (Tarsipes spenserae). These tiny nocturnal creatures lick nectar and insects from the flowers of trees and shrubs of Australian forests. The striped Honey Possum is most specialized, for flower-feeding, with pointed tubular snout, long brush-tipped tongue.
The Barn Owl is an almost world-wide species, and one of the best known. This set in fine porcelaine shows this owl with its fluffy young, at its tree-hollow nest Australia has five kinds of the barn owl (genus Tyto), and five hawk-owls (genus Ninox). Of the hawk-owls, the Rufous Owl and the Powerful Owl are very large, the latter to 65 cm (26 inches) in length. Prey includes quite large possums and birds.
Two species of Australian kingfishers feature on this mug, coaster and plate set. The Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) is, in Australia, confined to the tropical Cape York region. More widespread in Australia is Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) which has plumage of intense blue, and white. Both speacies are illustated, described and mapped in the Field Guide to Australian Birds
Nectar-eating birds form a prominent part of Australia's birdlife Mostly small birds, usually with longslender downcurved bills for probing deeply into the tubular and brushy flowers of Australian trees and shrubs. Many of the flowers, such as the 'kangaroo-paw" flowers on this plate-mug-coaster set, have deep tubular flowers which match the honeyeater's bill, snd when the bird probes for nectar, daubs pollen on the plumage, to be taken swiftly and directly to other flowers, efficiently accomplishing pollination.
References - three books by Michael Morcombe:
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