Item 712 - Black-capped Hummingbird

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Black-capped Hummingbird

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Trochilus polytmus

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J. Van Huysum;

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  • Parallel titles and other title information: Title from Mousley: Aithurus polytmus

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CA RBD MSG BW002-712

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    Van Huysum, J.

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1 watercolour painting ; 56 x 39 cm + 1 leaf

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Drawing of a pair of Streamertails from 18th century specimens [modern geographical distribution: Jamaica].

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Manuscript note on front of drawing: Black-capped Hummingbird (Aithurus polytmus) J. Van Huysum;

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Manuscript note on back of drawing: The long tailed Hummingbird

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With manuscript text on accompanying leaf.

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Transcription of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus Tomineo. T. (brachyurus) rectricibus nigro-violaceis inferio- ribus apice albidis, corpore supra viridi-aureo, subtus albido rostro capite longiore. Linn: Syst: naturae p. 121. 11. Edwardi Aves T. 38. Differt a T: nectarisugo mscr: non modo rostro capite longiore, sed etiam colore saturatius viridi- aureo, quodque rectrices duae intermediae reli- quis paulo breviores; Pennaeque capitis in hac arcte imbricatae, breves. Habitat in America prope fluvium Ohio.

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Translation of manuscript note on accompanying leaf: Trochilus Tomineo. T. (brachyurus) with violet-black flight feathers on the tail with white tips underneath, a body that is golden-green on top, white underneath, and a beak that is longer than the head. Linn: Syst: naturae p. 121. 11. Edwardi Aves T. 38. It differs from T. nectarisugo mscr not only in the fact that the beak is longer than the head, but also that it is a deep golden- green colour; each one has two centrail tail feathers that are a little shorter than the rest; and the feathers on the head are narrow, brick-coloured, and short. It lives in America near the Ohio river.

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Birds Volume 12, Painting 6

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  • Volume: Birds v.12 (of 16)