Bonaparte, Charles Lucian, 1803-1857 / American ornithology, or, The natural history of birds inhabiting the United States, not given by Wilson : with figures drawn, engraved, and coloured, from nature
Esquimaux curlew. Numenius borealis. Plate XXVI. Fig. 3, pp. 118-127
ESQUIMAUX CURLEW. 127 irostris, not recognising in them the N. borealis this bird Esquimaux Curlew, it would perhaps nn this name altogether, and give this one the name of Short-billed Curlew, although this as appellation has been misapplied. As for the name, this also might be disputed. Borealis Gmtflin tn the Hndqnoninn Cuiirlew. hut as he called them Scolopax, we have preferred retaining the appellation of Latham, who is admirably correct with respect to the Curlews, being only wrong perhaps in the choice of the name, and certainly in the citation of Gmelin. As for Temminck, in declaring that the new species of Lichtenstein differs essentially from Latham's N. borealis, (a fact which was doubted by the accurate German himself,) he must have had in view our X. hudsonicus, Lath., the Scolopax borealis of Gmelin. We can form no opinion on the N. rufiventris of Vigors, a supposed new Curlew from the Northi West Coast: the diagnosis is certainly inconclusive, not embracing the essential characters; and establishes no difference between it and N. hudsonicus, of which it also has the size. The N. madagascariensis of Brisson forms a seventh species of Xumenius peculiar to Southern Africa and Oceanica, allied to the arquata and longirostris: it is figured on the pl. enl. 198 of Buffon. We do not know either N. virgatus, or N. lineatus of Cuvier, but one of them at all events will have to be referred to the madagas- cariensis.
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