image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 133
Image number: RS.17558
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Abyssinian plant-cutter’

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 Black-billed barbet (Lybius guifsobalito) a bird native to Africa. Shown perched on a low tree branch.

Plate 133 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXXIII.’; and below ‘Abyssinian Plant-cutter. Publish’d as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘This is the description given by M.Daudin, from a drawing sent him figures from a Nubian specimen: it seems to differ a little from that described by Buffon…M.Buffon described his from Mr. Bruce’s drawings done in Abyssinia, where it is said to be a solitary species, living on the kernels of almonds, the shells of which it easily breaks with the bill.‘

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

Associated place