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Image from page 638 of "A dictionary of birds" (1893)

Identifier: dictionaryofbird00newt

Title: A dictionary of birds

Year: 1893 (1890s)

Authors: Newton, Alfred, 1829-1907 Gadow, Hans, 1855- Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915 Roy, Charles S. (Charles Smart) Shufeldt, Robert W. (Robert Wilson), 1850-1934

Subjects: Birds

Publisher: London, A. and C. Black

Contributing Library: MBLWHOI Library

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specially on ^ Before Merrem nearly all had held the Struthious birds to be Gallin-aceous, and his views were not published till 1813 (see Introduction). - iluch may be forgiven to Lesson for declaring that the sternum of Apteryxwould be induhitablement found to have no keel! 494 KIWT the Continent, as to the very existence of such a bird ^—thoughLesson had himself when in the Bay of Islands in April 1824{Voy. Coquille, ut supd) heard of it; ^ and a few years later DumontdUrville had seen its skin, which the naturalists of his expeditionprocured, worn as a tippet Ly a Maori chief at Tolaga Bay (Houa-houa),^ and in 1830 gave what proves to he on the Avhole veryaccurate information concerning it {Voy. Astrolabe, ii. p. 107). Toput all suspicion at rest, Lord Derby sent his unique specimen forexhibition at a meeting of the Zoological Society, 12th February1833 {Proc. Zool. Soc. 1833, p. 24), and a few months later {torn,cit. p. 80) Yarrell communicated to that body a complete descrij)-


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NoRTHERN Kiwi, Apteryx inantelli. tion of it which was afterwards published in full with an excellentportrait {Trans. Zool. Soc. i. p. 71, pi. 10). Heiein the systematicplace of the species, as akin to the Struthious birds, was placedbeyond cavil, and the author called upon all interested in zoologyto aid in further research as to this singular form. In consequence■of this appeal a legless skin was within two years sent to theSociety (Pruc. 1835, p. 61) obtained by Mr. \V. Yate of Waimate,who said it was the second he had seen, and that he had kept the ^ Cuvier in tlie second edition of lii.s lltgnc Animal (1829) only referred toit in a footnote (i. p. 498). - From what lie says in liis Voyage atitour du Monde (ii. p. 348), not publishedtill 1839, he evidently only knew the bird by Shaws description. ^ Cruise in 1822 [Journ. Residence in Neiv Zealand, ji. 313) had spoken of anEmeu found in tliat island, which nnist of course liave been an Apteryx. KIWI 495 bird alive for nearly a fo



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