Off topic but leopards still survive in Oman in the Hills of Dhafur (inland
Wendy in Qatar
> On 19 Mar 2014, at 9:08 am, brian fleming <> wrote:
> I have only just come in on this discussion. I recollect similar confusion
> over a 16th century portrait of a child, I think a young Russell from the
> Duke of Bedford's family, with a yellow-crested cockatoo - the conclusion was
> that it was a Wallacean species, which would have come to Western Europe with
> Dutch East Indian trade. Plumes from Birds of Paradise were traded along the
> Spice Routes, and I see no reason why a live Cockatoo might not have survived
> long-distance travel. Large seed-eating birds are not hard to transport.
> The Tigers occasionally seen in Rome probably came from Persia - there used
> to be a Caspian subspecies, probably now extinct. They were found in
> forested regions, while lions were found in more steppe-like habitats. I
> believe that a very few Leopards still survive.
> Anthea Fleming
>> On 19/03/2014 2:15 PM, Andrew Taylor wrote:
>> Parrots (Psitticula sp.) apparently survived the journey from India
>> to ancient Rome, so its quite plausible a cockatoo would survived
>> a longer journey 2000 years later. Tigers which are less portable -
>> also apparently survived the journey to ancient Rome from India.
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