Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Species 12. Falco mississippiensis. Mississippi kite, pp. -100
SPECIES 12. FIdLCO MISSISSIPPIENSIS.* MISSISSIPPI KITE. [Plate XXV.-Fig. I, Male.] PEALE'S Mwueum, No. 403. THIS new species I first observed in the Mississippi territory, a few miles below Natchez, on the plantation of William Dun- bar, esquire, where the bird represented in the plate was obtain- ed, after being slightly wounded; and the drawing made with great care from the living specimen. To the hospitality of the gentleman above mentioned, and his amiable family, I am in- debted for the opportunity afforded me of procuring this, and one or two more new species. This excellent man, (whose life has been devoted to science) though at that time confined to bed by a severe and dangerous indisposition, and personally unacquainted with me, no sooner heard of my arrival at the town of Natchez, than he sent a servant and horses, with an in- vitation and request to come and make his house my home and head-quarters, while engaged in exploring that part of the country. The few happy days I spent there I shall never for- get. In my perambulations, I frequently remarked this Hawk sail- ing about in easy circles, and at a considerable height in the air, generally in company with the Turkey-Buzzards, whose man- ner of flight it so exactly imitates, as to seem the same species, only in miniature, or seen at a more immense height Why these two birds, whose food and manners, in other respects, are * This species, although supposed to be new by Wilson, had been figured and described by Vieillot, in his " Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de l'Amri- que Septentrionale," under the name of Jffilvus cenchris. Vieillot refers it to the F. plumbeus of Gmelin, and the Speted-tailed hobby of Latham. Gen. Syn. x, p. 106.
Based on date of publication, this material is presumed to be in the public domain.| For information on re-use, see http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright