Sarcorhamphus, 2 letters : W.A. Contcim(?), 10 Feb. 1880 and 19 Nov. 1881

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The folder includes 2 letters and a loose note concerning a live specimen of Sarcorhamphus (vulture). In the letters from W. A. Conklin to Robert Ridgway, dated February 10, 1880, and November 19, 1881, sent from the City of New York, Department of Public Parks, Office of Menagerie, Conklin describes the growth of a live specimen of vulture, including changes in feather color and fullness, and color of the bill. The letter and a loose note in the folder confirm the specimen was received in July 1875, from Rear Admiral Collins, U.S.N., who captured it at three months of age in Mount Cauquences, Chile.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 10, 1880

End Date

Nov 19, 1881

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • New York
  • United States
  • Chile


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • 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 25