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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 to 1859
William Dampier: 1679-1707

New Guinea Birds

from A Continuation of A Voyage to New Holland,
e-c. in the year 1699 ...

London: By W. Botham for J. Knapton, 1709.


Dampier describes the bird shown in the center of this plate:

"One of my men killed a stately Land-Fowl, as big as the largest Dunghil-Cock ... It lays an Egg as big as a large Hen's Egg; for our Men climb'd the Tree where it nested, and brought off one Egg."

Of the crested fowl, the buccaneer naturalist provides further detail:

"It was of a Sky-colour; only in the middle of the Wings was a white spot, about which were some reddish Spots; On the Crown it had a large Bunch of long Feathers, which appear'd very pretty. His Bill was like a Pidgeons; he had strong Legs and Feet, like Dunghil-Fowls; only the Claws were reddish. His Crop was full of small Berries."

Dampier: Page 12 of 13. The second voyage.
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