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THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CAROLINA, FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMA ISLANDS.
MARK CATESBY
F.R.S. (1683 - 1749)    SECOND EDITION.  LONDON 1754.
PLATE 10.  ENGRAVED BY THE AUTHOR, EDITED AND PUBLISHED BY GEORGE EDWARDS.

THE PARROT OF PARADISE

Mark Catesby, Psitticus paradisis - The Parrot of Paradise. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands - 1731. Now Cuban Parrot - Amazona leucocephela on Soldierwood - Colubrina ellpitica.
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THE PARROT OF PARADISE - PSITTICUS PARADISIS
This would appear to be another of Catesby's incorrectly remembered birds, his text refers to a bird with
"Back and Wings, of a bright yellow" but such a bird, if it ever existed, is not officially recorded. Catesby's text is
titled, "The Parrot of Paradise of CUBA" which ties in with the living species:

CUBAN PARROT - Amazona leucocephela
(See the image at the foot of this page)
on
RED WOOD
Now: SOLDIERWOOD - Colubrina elliptica
an endangered species

The text to the upper left of the plate reads:
"Frutex Lauri folio pendulo, fructo tricocco semine nigro splenente."


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A LAPSE OF MEMORY

CATESBY - Comparison of as seen and as remembered colours for Parrot of Paradise - Psitticus paradisis.
The parrot's colours as remembered and published by Catesby on his return to London.
Mouse-over for the true colours of a Cuban Parrot, the bird he probably saw but
 failed to record adequately.

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