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AuthorJ.C. den Hartog
TitleAn early note on the occurrence of the Magnificent Frigate Bird, Fregata magnificens Mathews, 1914, in the Cape Verde Islands: Columbus as an ornithologist
JournalZoologische Mededelingen
Volume67
Year1993
Issue26
Pages361-364
ISSN0024-0672
KeywordsColumbus; "Diario del descubrimiento"; Cape Verde Islands; Phaethon aethereus; Fregata magnificens; first historical record; piratical behaviour; autumn bird migration
AbstractThe importance of ornithological observations with respect to Columbus' discovery of America as recorded in the "Diario del descubrimiento" is recognized. The fact that his first and crucial crossing of the Atlantic coincided with the autumn migration may have contributed to its success. Columbus' log contains the first historical record of the [Magnificent] Frigate Bird, Fregata magnificens Mathews, 1914, in the Cape Verdes, with a surprisingly accurate description of its characteristic habits.
Classification42.83
Document typearticle
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