image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 119
Image number: RS.17538
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Pink-headed duck’

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 Pink-headed duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea) a possibly extinct variety of water-bird from northern India. The illustration places the bird at the edge of a rocky shoreline.

Plate 119 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXIX’; and below ‘Pink-headed Duck.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘Inhabits various parts of India; most frequent in the province of Oude. Is seldom seen in flocks, for the most part, only being found together. Is often kept tame.’

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

Associated place

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