Caprimulgidae, Macrodypterix, Eurylaimus.
Nightjars, sometimes called Goat Suckers, are medium-sized nocturnal or crepuscular birds in the family Caprimulgidae, characterized by long wings, short legs and very short bills. The name Goat Suckers is due to the ancient folk tale that they sucked the milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus
This is a coloured engraving by F.O Finch, showing 3 birds, engraved by J.W.Lowry, from Natural History; Being an Account etc of The Animal Kingdom by Sir John Richardson, William S. Dallas. T. Spencer Cobbold, William Baird, Adam White Curators etc.
Published by William Mackenzie, circa 1864
Size 18 x 27 cm, Condition very good.
Price £20.00 / $26.00 (plus packing and postage)
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