image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 124
Image number: RS.17549
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘New Holland channel bill’

Date

1802

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Channel-billed cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) a migratory bird native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Shown perched on a low branch.

Plate 124 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXIV.’; and below ‘New Holland Channel Bill. Publishd as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’ The initial ‘L’ appears on the plate.

In the associated description, the author states: ‘This bird inhabits New Holland, where it is called Goe-re-e-gang; it is not very common, and first appears about Port Jackson in October…they probably come to this part of New South Wales only to breed, after which they depart elsewhere in January.’

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

Associated place

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