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Taxidermy Yellowhammer Commission

Taxidermy Yellowhammer Commission
February 12, 2019 Krysten Newby
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Taxidermy Yellowhammer

Taxidermy Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella): I had the pleasure of working on this beautiful British bunting.

Unfortunately, the male Yellowhammer got lost in the post for a day, resulting in him fully defrosting and starting to turn.

This is usually game over for small birds, as they start to decompose fairly quick – I didn’t hold out much hope.

Despite soaking in alcohol for a while to toughen the skin and kill bacteria that makes the skin bad and feathers fall out, lots did.
Taxidermy Bird Skin
I persevered anyway and did the best I could.

His back was completely bald and he had some secondary feathers missing on one side, which was a great shame.

Painstakingly, I glued as many feathers back as I could, and despite his condition, I’m very happy with how he turned out.

They have a very distinctive call that most birders recognise as sounding like “A little bit of bread with no cheeeeeeeeese”