'Passer niger, oculis rubris', the towhe bird, 'Passer fusca', the cowpen bird, and 'Populus nigra folio maximo gemmis balsamum odoratissimum fundentibus', the black poplar of Carolina (Catesby's identifications; modern scientific names: Pipilo erythrophthalmus, the eastern towhee; Molothrus ater, the brown-headed cowbird; Populus heterophylla, the swamp cottonwood). Plate 34 from volume I of The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby (London, 1731). Mark Catesby was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733.
Original: etching. 1731
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