New Zealand Stitchbirds (Notiomystis cincta). Illustration (1800’s) by John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912) taken from ‘A History of the Birds of New Zealand’, 2nd Edition by Sir Walter Lawry Buller (1838–1906). via Wikimedia

Morepork & Laughing Owl, John Gerrard Keulemans, 1873

Pliny denounced the magicians’ claim that an owl’s heart placed on a sleeping woman’s left breast would compel her to tell all of her secrets. For an owl’s secrets are not a woman’s secrets. They are of the shadows on the moon’s face, the sapphire blue of a sky lit by stars and nothing else, the chuckle of a gecko on leaf litter, and how to pluck a squeaking bat from the air. An owl’s secrets are the notes of its call, the pattern of its breath, and the silence of an evening wingbeat. An owl’s secrets cannot be winnowed with charms and witchery. They are hidden in fissures and ledges, sites long unseen and forgotten, now that the owls have gone.

Falco peregrinus minor, illustration by John Gerrard Keulemans (Dutch, 1842 - 1912), 1874

Falco peregrinus minor, first described by Bonaparte in 1850. It is sparsely and patchily distributed throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa and widespread in Southern Africa. It apparently reaches north along the Atlantic coast as far as Morocco. It is non-migratory, and small and dark. [source]

John Gerrard Keulemans [Johannes Gerardus Keulemans; J.G. Keulemans] (1842–1912): Dasyprocta azarae [Azara’s Agouti], 1876, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London by Zoological Society of London for the year 1876, source: and Azara’s Agouti, Dasyprocta azarae, is a South American agouti species from the family Dasyproctidae. It is found in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is named after Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara (1746-1821), source: