The 'goat-sucker of Carolina' Mark Catesby

The 'goat-sucker of Carolina' by Mark Catesby

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The 'goat-sucker of Carolina'

Bird identified by Catesby as 'Caprimulgus', the goat-sucker of Carolina (modern identification: a composite of three birds: Chordeiles minor, the common nighthawk; Caprimulgus carolinensis, the chuck-will's-widow; Caprimulgus vociferus, the whip-poor-will). The term 'goat-sucker' comes from the folk myth that these birds sucked the milk from goats. The bird is here depicted eating a mole cricket, Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa. Plate 8 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

  • Image reference: RS-10457

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