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Pecking order: how John Gould dined out on the birds of Australia

From rosella pie to the ‘delicate’ flesh of child emus, the 19th century ornithologist relished the style of the creatures he so meticulously studied

Of all of the adjustments to the examine of ornithology prior to now 200 years, probably the most putting, when studying John Gould’s seven-volume 1848 treatise The Birds of Australia, is the obvious lack of curiosity amongst fashionable scientists in what their topics style like.

Gould left no such questions unanswered. The prototype of his superbly illustrated information, digitised and made obtainable on-line by the State Library of New South Wales, accommodates many suggestions for the eager sportsman on how greatest to shoot every of the featured birds and, the place Gould had alternative to pattern them, what they tasted like.

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