image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 123
Image number: RS.17548
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Jongquil parrakeet’

Date

1802

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 242mm
width (print): 180mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Jonquil parakeet (Psittacula narcissus) a possibly extinct bird from India, known only from Latham’s work. Shown perched on a low branch.

Plate 123 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXIII.’; and below ‘Jonquil Parrakeet. Publishd as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘This was alive in the possession of Miss Hunter, of Greenwich; called Toto Parakeet, said to come from the Ramghur Hills, in the province of Bahar, in the kingdom of Bengal.’

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

Associated place

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