More on Pseudogryps

An early post to this blog explained the blog’s name. To summarize that older post, Pseudogryps is not a scientific name that was ever formally applied to the California condor or any other species. Rather, Pseudogryps was set out by Elliott Coues to explain why he considered Pseudogryphus, a name that was formally applied to the California condor, to be “flawed”. The flaw was that Pseudogryphus mixed the Greek pseudo with the Latin gryphus. Coues’s Pseudogryps had the same meaning as Pseudogryphus, but Pseudogryps was “pure” Greek.

In this post, I dig deeper into Pseudogryps and Pseudogryphus.

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Unexpected magazine articles

Articles about the California condor have been published in hundreds of magazines. Magazines about nature, science, and travel have all included condor articles. The same goes for magazines intended for birders, children, and outdoor types. And news and general-interest magazines have carried their share of articles about the condor.

But sometimes magazine articles about the condor appear where I had not expected them. In this post I offer examples not previously considered in this blog.

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Feathers

Jane Goodall, noted scientist and conservationist, is the author of Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink (Grand Central, 2009). This book includes a chapter about the California condor that ends as follows:

I have a legal permit to carry a twenty-six-inch-long wing feather from a condor. During my lectures … I love to take this by the quill and pull it, very slowly, from its cardboard tube. It is one of my symbols of hope and never fails to produce an amazed gasp from the audience. And, I think, a sense of reverence.

In this post I present photos, illustrations, and descriptions of the feathers of California condors.

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