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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Gallinago tristrami, Roths. (Antipodes-Island Snipe.)

Gallinago tristrami, Roths. (Antipodes-Island Snipe.)

I have much pleasure in exhibiting a specimen of this rare Snipe, obtained on the last visit of the "Hinemoa" to Antipodes Island, and kindly lent to me by Mr. Bethune, the second engineer.

In his communication relating to Gallinago huegeli, cited above, Canon Tristram made the following remarks: "There would appear to be three species of Gallinago in the islands round New Zealand: G. aucklandica in the Aucklands, G. pusilla in the Chathams, and G. huegeli in the Snares, all being sedentary, or nearly so, in their several localities. To these further research will probably add a fourth from Antipodes Island, whence a single specimen has been received by Sir James Hector, who states it to be larger, darker in plumage, and with a more curved bill than the Auckland-Island species. Unfortunately he has not described it." Shortly after this a specimen was obtained by the Hon. Walter Rothschild, who described it at a meeting of the B.O.C., and dedicated it to Canon Tristram.