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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Puffinus chlororhynchus, Lesson

page 125

Puffinus chlororhynchus, Lesson.

I do not know what authority Professor Hutton had for citing me thus, in a recent communication to the Zoological Society of London: "Puffinus chlororhynchus, Lesson; Buller, 'Birds of New Zealand,' 2nd ed., vol. ii., p. 235; P. caneipes, Cheeseman (fide Buller), Trans. N.Z. Inst., vol. xxiii., p. 226; not of Gould." On turning to Mr. T. P. Cheeseman's paper I do not find any justification for the reference. As a matter of fact I have never seen his specimens of this bird. I described both species in my second edition of "The Birds of New Zealand" (see pages 234 and 235), and am therefore familiar with them. From the Kermadecs I received two examples of Puffinus chlororhynchus, just as I was starting for England. I took them with me, and, on submitting them to Mr. Salvin, he confirmed my identification.