THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION
United States Exploring Expedition 1838-1842
The Wilkes expedition emerged
from the south polar regions to explore New Zealand and the Fiji
Islands. The naturalists were especially fascinated by the birds
(Fiji Islands) Parrots
Cassin's United States Exploring Expedition.
During the Years 1838-1842. Under the Command of Charles
Mammalogy and Ornithology.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1858.
Peale wrote that this beautiful
bird "was found inhabiting
the shores of Peale’s River, in the Island of Viti Levu
(Great Feejee), and first attracted our attention by its remarkable
flight as it passed the open spaces in the forest or crossed
the river. It flaps its wings three times and then soars a short
distance, repeating at each soar its cry, cay-au, cay-au."