The 'largest white-bill wood-pecker' and the 'willow oak' Mark Catesby
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The 'largest white-bill wood-pecker' and the 'willow oak'
'Picus maximus rostro albo', the largest white-bill wood-pecker, perched on the trunk of 'Quercus anpotius', the willow oak (Catesby's identifications; modern scientific names: Campephilus principalis, the ivory-billed woodpecker; Quercus phellos, the willow oak). This bird species is now listed as 'definitely or probably extinct' by the American Birding Association. Plate 16 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-10465
- The Royal Society
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