Haematopus bachmani, Color drawing by James G. Swan 1861

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The color illustration drawn by James G. Swan in December 1861, depicts a specimen shot on November 15, 1861, at Neeah Bay, Washington. The illustration is labeled Haematopus niger, Bachmans Oystercatcher or Red Billed Plover. Notes on the illustration describe measurements, coloration, shape of bill, toes, and color and flavor of meat. On the reverse, color illustrations, drawn life size, show size and color of head, bill, and feet.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 15, 1861

End Date

Nov 30, 1861

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • Neah Bay
  • Washington


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations

Accession #

SIA RU007215

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 illustration

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 6 Folder 49