The dead birds are a brace of partridges, a greenfinch, chaffinch, brambling, robin and quail. It has been suggested that the object behind the tree trunk is a bird trap, but it is more likely to be a birdcage used to carry a decoy bird or a bird of prey.
Fyt specialised in painting still lifes, animals and flowers, and the almost frothy brushwork evident in this work is characteristic of his handling.
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