Excerpt from A List of Avian Species for Which the Type Locality Is South Carolina
Catesby figured and described many of our best known birds, including the Flicker (yellow-hammer), Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Robin, and Blue Bird.
It should be explained that although Catesby's book treats of Florida (the part now known as Georgia) and the Bahama Islands, as well as of Carolina, he devoted his time in Carolina to the study of birds and plants, while in the Bahamas he studied fishes. Nearly all his birds, therefore, are described from Carolina.
Catesby arrived in South Carolina May 23, 1722, and spent the first year in the coast country. He then visited the upper, uninhabited portions of the state. An Indian guide carried his collecting box and painting materials, and he painted the plants while fresh and drew the birds from life.
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