I am slowly putting together an
ID table for the Swinhoe's and Latham's Snipes
But a spelling query has prompted the following
Latham's Snipe Gallinago
J. E. Gray, 1931, Zool Misc: Misc 16 - Tasmania
The specific epithet is in honour of Charles
Hardwick of Tasmania, who discovered the bird.
Literature of Australian Birds (Whittell,
Charles Hardwicke .. of Tasmania. Discovered
the snipe named Scolopax Hardwickii by J.E.Gray in 1931
BOCA Report Number 6, Additions & Emmendations to Whittell
Has no additional information
A Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names,
1 Major Gen Thomas Hardwicke, (1756-1835)
Indian Army and naturalist (Chloropsis)
Hardwicke (fl.1831) collector in Tasmania
Birds - Their Latin Names Explained,
Japanese Snipe G.hardwickii
Named after Maj.Gen T Hardwick, FRS (1756-1835) a
naturalist in India
Handbook of the Birds of the World Vol.3, p492
which has a Charles Hardwick
- born Lincoln, England, 2/8/1978,
- married 18/1/1820,
- died Launceston 27/8/1880
Could this be our man ?
They had a child Charlotte Hardwicke borne 20/1/1819
A reference I do not have is
Gray, 1931, Zool. Misc, Vol. i,
I guess this is "The Zoological Miscellany" which
was published between 1831-1844 and
Q1 Would anyone have access to this journal and read or preferably be able
to copy the original reference for me ?
Q2 Is there any other information available about Charles Hardwick(e)
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
ps As a matter of interest, Gould,Handbook to
the Birds of Australia, 1865
wrote 2/271 "In Tasmania .. affords excellent sport to
those fond of Snipe-shooting ..'