Fig. 4a Naturalist Francis Trevelyan Buckland
Excerpt from: Curiosities of Natural History Third Series in Two Volumes: Volume II. Frank Buckland. (London: Spottisewoode & Co., 1868) pg 111-114.

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‘In March, 1861, I received a note from Mr. Jamrach, the celebrated dealer in living animals, that he wished me to come at once and see a curious sight at his establishment, 164 Ratcliff Highway, facing the entrance to the London Docks. Accordingly I went… He took me upstairs, and opened the door of a room, and there I saw such a sigh as really made me start. The moment the door-handle was touched, I heard a noise which I can compare to nothing but the beating of a very heavy storm of rain upon the glass of a greenhouse: I cautiously entered the room, and then saw that it was one mass, windows and walls, of living Australian grass parakeets. When they saw us the birds began to chatter, and such a din I never heard before….Such a number of birds I never saw before together in all my life.’


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