Friday, January 29, 2010

Mégapic Robuste, the Robust Woodpecker

Originally posted 7/1/10 - backdated to organize posts by topic.

Here is an illustration of the Robust Woodpecker from Alfred Malherbe's Monographie des Picidées.  It is a hand-colored lithograph that is almost 150 years old, so I'm sure that you will pardon the slight discoloration in the crests of these two birds.  The male is on the left, and the female bird is on the right.  This is a detail from Plate III in Malherbe's work, with the full plate to follow in my next post.

The image above is within the public domain and it appears here courtesy of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

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