image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 107
Image number: RS.17529
Credit: ©The Royal Society

'Spectacle owl'

Date

1787

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 244mm
width (print): 190mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Spectacled owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata) a bird native to Central America and Mexico. Shown on a tree stump or rock perch.

Plate 107 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CVII’; and below ‘Spectacle Owl.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘I found this singular species among a collection of birds which were brought from Cayenne [French Guiana] and the specimen is now in the Leverian collection. A label fixed to the leg named it Le Plogueur’.

John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.

Associated place

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