Pseudogryphus californianus, 2 color drawings, 2 letters : 1 W.E. Bryant to Ridgway, 27 March 1884, Copy W.M. Mann to R. Conant, 5 July 1945

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The folder includes 1 color illustration and 2 letters regarding species Pseudogryphus californianus (Gymnogyps californianus). The color illustration of an adult male specimen includes notes about color (while alive), stomach contents, blood loss, wingspan, and weight. In the letter from W. E. Bryant to Robert Ridgway, dated March 27, 1884, sent from Oakland, California, Bryant provides both physical and behavioral description for a live specimen, including eating habits. The letter also provides a physical description of a dead specimen. In the letter from W. M. Mann to Roger Conant (Curator of Philadelphia Zoological Garden), dated July 5, 1945, Mann lists the California Condor specimens held in his collection. The list includes dates received, from whom, originating location, and current location (live or preserved). The letter also includes details about eggs laid and preserved.

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1839, 1849-1851, 1855-1987

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • California


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations
  • Correspondence

Accession #

SIA RU007215

Collection name

Collected Notes, Lists, and Catalogs on Birds, 1839, 1849-1851, 1855-1987

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 6 Folder 24