image latham j_supplement_1802_plate 135
Image number: RS.17560
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Esculent swallow with the nest’

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 a swiftlet from the genus Aerodramus, the cave-nesting birds ranging from southern Asia and Australia, possibly the Edible-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus). The illustration also shows a specimen of the edible nest. Both are presented on an outcrop of rock.

Plate 135 from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXXV.’; and below ‘Esculent Swallow with the Nest. Publish’d as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘The specimen from which the figure is taken, is now with its young in my collection, presented to me by Sir Joseph Banks, having been sent to him from Sumatra. I have also been enabled to give a figure of the nest, being not only furnished with an accurate drawing of one, but likewise the nest itself, from Mr. Hay, junior, of Portsea.‘

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

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