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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Each with an old collection label – one reading ‘Exploration of CF Underwood in Costa Rica Boruca June 28 1906’
Early 20th Century
Sizes: 21 cm long – 8¼ ins long ( max ) – 7.5 cm long – 3 ins long ( min )
A: Sword Billed Hummingbird – Enisfera Enisfera
B: Streamertail – Trochilus Polytmus
C: Goulds Violet Ear – Colibri Coruscans
D: Bee Hummingbird – Calypte Helanae
E: Geoffroys Wedgebill – Schistes Geoffroyi
Ex Walter Potter Museum of Curiosities, Bramber, Sussex
Ex Jamaica Inn Museum, Bolventor, Cornwall
So brilliant and gem like are these tiny birds that at one time the Victorians used them for jewellery and the trade in them was tremendous. During the 19th century one London dealer imported more than 400’000 skins from the West Indies in one year alone. Bogota’s Colombia was the centre of this trade and ‘Bogota’s Trade Skins’ form the nucleus of many scientific collections of hummingbirds still in existence. Some distinctive species are still known only from one or two such early collected specimens and have yet to be found in the field by ornithologist’s.
|Height||21.00 cm||(8.27 inches)|