A handbook of British birds, showing the distribution of the resident and migratory species in the British islands, with an index to the records of the rarer visitants

By Harting, James Edmund, 1841-1928

Publication info London,J.C. Nimmo,1901.

Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library

Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library


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New York :New York Botanical Garden,1916-[1964]..


Are you shellebrating World Turtle Day? The yearly event aims to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises, along with the harmful impact human action can have on them. We have many resources on turtles, including some of the following sources of these wonderful turtle images:

1, 3: Naturgeschichte der SchildkötenFull title, D. Johann David Schöpfs königl. Preuss. hofraths … Naturgeschichte der Schildkröten : mit Abbildungen erläutert. (1792) by Johann David Schöpf. 

2.  North American herpetology. Full title, North American herpetology, or, A description of the reptiles inhabiting the United States, v.1 (1836) by John Edwards Holbrook.

4. Reptiles and birds. Full title,  Reptiles and birds. A popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting. (1873) by Louis Figuier. 

5. Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs. Full title,  Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs : darinn die merkwürdigsten und nüzlichsten Thiere in systematischer Ordnung beschrieben und alle Geschlechter in Abbildungen nach der Natur vorgestellet werden, bd. 4 (1788) by Georg Heinrich Borowski.

6. Thesaurus rerum naturaliumFull title, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam : opus, cui, in hoc rerum genere, nullum par exstitit. (1734) by Albertus Seba.

More excellent scientific illustrations of turtles in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Flickr album, Turtles!

Still a fundamental work for the study of Neotropical plants and animals, Biologia Centrali-Americana is an encyclopedia of the natural history of Mexico and Central America. The entirety of the 215 part encyclopedia has been digitized and made available in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

You can also find many images from Biologia Centrali-Americana in our Galaxy of Images under subjects like “Butterflies and Moths,” where we found this one. The Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Flickr page also has oodles of butterflies.


The Brain Scoop

Yo yo yoooou called into our hotline and asked questions and here are some answers! Topics mentioned in this video include:

  • parasites
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Librarians, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Clubs for girls in STEM
  • cichlids
  • Research, collections management
  • zombies

The usual. If you want to call and leave us a message, you can reach us at +1 (315) 367-2667 - aka 315-Em-Scoop!!


Spring has definitely sprung.

Flower grower’s guide (1898) d. 1 by Reverend John Wright is the source of these images of common spring flowers. Gertrude Hamilton and Marie Low are listed as the artists for the colored illustrations in Flower grower’s guide. It wasn’t uncommon for women to find work in illustration during the Victorian era, since artistic pursuits were considered acceptable for middle-class women who needed to work.

Find all six divisions of Flower grower’s guide in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and see more natural history illustrations by women in the BHL’s extensive Flickr gallery on the subject, which contains many works from the Smithsonian Libraries.

Voluta Fugetrum, or for those who are not conchologists, a sea shell!

See more in this 1825 book, A catalogue of the shells contained in the collection of the late Earl of Tankerville : arranged according to the Lamarckian conchological system ; together with an appendix containing descriptions of many new species, by G. B. Sowerby. From the Ernst Mayr Library at Harvard University via the Biodiversity Heritage Library.