More ideas from a notable passage copied into a commonplace
James Bond | Results of the Catherwood-Caplin West Indies Expedition, 1948 | Part 2, birds of Cayo Largo (Cuba), San Andres and Providencia | Proc. Acad. Nat. Scl. Philadelphia, 102: 43-68 (1950)
Illustrations of the holy altars it was claimed Formosan sacrifices took place, featured in George Psalmanazar’s An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa (1704) | included his description of a sorcerer who prophesied that the appearance of “100 Birds Singing” in a nobleman’s garden foretold that the souls of his “Deceas’d Relations had been Transform’d into Stars”
The night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis), endemic to the continent of Australia, is one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no confirmed sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct. Sightings since 1979 have been extremely rare and the bird's population size is unknown; it is thought to number 50-249 mature individuals. The first photographic and video evidence of a live individual was publicly confirmed in July 2013.
The higher-level classification derives from the evolutionary trees, while the species-level divisions derive from what we think is happening among those species in an ongoing biological context | On the complexities of reconciling species status with genome mapping: When you capture that process of speciation in action, you’re naturally going to find in-between cases that are in this gray zone where by some criteria they’re separate species and by other criteria they’re not | Irby Lovette
There were nearly 19,000 scientifically recognized bird species in the world at the turn of the 20th century. But the introduction of the biological species concept (Ernst Mayr) caused a reshuffling that dropped that number by half | Graphic adapted from Handbook of the Birds of the World, Lynx Edicions (1997)