Le Couroucou Temminck, Male
Coloured engravingpublished 1806-1807
About the work
This hand-coloured print shows ‘Le Couroucou Temminck’, a Giant Trogan (a long-tailed tropical bird from India). The print was published as an illustration to the first of three volumes of the French ornithological book ‘Histoire Naturelle des Promérops, et des Guêpiers’ (1807).
The text accompanying ‘Le Couroucou Temminck’ explains that this bird from India is the strongest and largest of its kind and is ‘nearly 18 inches length, from the top of the head to the end of the tail, and its body has almost twice the power of that of the greatest species of America’.