image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 128
Image number: RS.17553
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Variegated bee eater’

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 Varied sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) a bird native to Australia. Shown perched on a tree stump with details of wooden planks, plants and fungi.

Plate 128 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXVIII.’; and below ‘Variegated Bee Eater. Publishd as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘This is said to be a male bird; I met with it in the collection of General Davies. In Mr. Lambert’s collection of drawings, I observed one of these which I suspect to be the other sex… Inhabits New South Wales, where it is known by the name of Dee-weed-gang.’

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

Associated place

<The World>
   > Oceania
      > Australia