Rare lithograph of the best and largest colonial image of the Spotted Shag (Parekareka) from John Gould's epic series, The Birds of Australia and Adjacent Islands, published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, London. This lithograph is by Edward Lear.
his introduction to The Birds of Australia, Gould stated the
reasons for endeavouring the mammoth task of documenting the ornithology of Australia; "I
was naturally desirous of turning my attention to the Ornithology of some other
region; and a variety of opportune and concurring circumstances induced me to
select that of Australia, the birds of which, although invested with the
highest degree of interest, had been almost entirely neglected In the absence,
then, of any general work on the Birds of Australia, the field was
comparatively a new one, and of no ordinary degree of interest, from the
circumstance of its being one of the finest possessions of the British Crown,
and from its natural productions being as remarkable for the anomalous nature
of their forms, as for their beauty, and the singularity of their habits."
Common name: Spotted Shag, Parekareka
Binomial name: Phalacrocorax punctatus
First described: Sparrman 1786