The 'pigeon of passage' and the 'red oak' Mark Catesby
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The 'pigeon of passage' and the 'red oak'
'Palumbus migratorius', the pigeon of passage, with the leaves of 'Quercus esculi divisura foliis amplioribus aculeatis', the red oak (Catesby's identifications; modern scientific names: Ectopistes migratorius, the passenger pigeon; Quercus laevis, the American turkey oak). This bird species is now extinct, the last specimen having died in captivity in 1914. Plate 23 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-10472
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