Gullomalla: Diamond Dove
This beautiful sketch of a diamond dove Geopelia cuneata includes a variety of detail about the various pigeons Becker had encountered during his journey.
Quirky details include the inevitable bush flies perched on background leaves. The musical notation of the bird call and other information is inscribed along individual leaves.
Gullomalla and the other names mentioned by Becker for these pigeons have not been recorded elsewhere.
I saw three kind of pigeons in the country surrounding the Darling Depôt. The larger one is bronze-winged and crested; the next in size is one with a blue colored skin around the eyes; the third and smallest is sketched above. It was new to to me and not met with until during the last days when I saw them for the first time. Size and color is faithfully taken from nature and the drawing is the best description I can offer of that elegant bird. It feeds on seed; its note is a deep, flute-like sound. The sketch represents a male bird; the female is very like the male, but the spots on the wings are less in number, while the ends of the feathers on the top of head, some of the back and majority of those of the wings are fringed with markings of a lighter color. The native name for this pigeon is Gūllŏmăllă; for the large pigeon the native word is gōdjēnă; and for the middle-sized gōgoing, all imitations of the natural note of these handsome birds.
Darling Depôt Jan 15 1861.