Naturalist in New Guinea
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Albert Stewart Meek’s A Naturalist in Cannibal Land is about his travels in Papua New Guinea.
Meek (1871-1943) was an English bird collector and naturalist. He began collecting bird and insect specimens for the well-known zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild in 1894, first in England, then in Australia, and later in the Pacific region (in particular the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Bougainville, where he was the first naturalist who observed the birdlife). In addition he became a dealer in feathers and insects.
In 1904 he travelled to Choiseul where he collected the last specimens of the Choiseul Crested Pigeon. But due to the horrible reputation of the islanders as cannibals he was protected by an armed escort to bring the skins to his vessel.
At an expedition in New Guinea in 1906 he discovered and shot the first specimen of the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae), the largest butterfly in the world. While being on a visit with the Papua he estimated that the headdress of the chief needs the feathers of more than 23 killed birds (e.g. Birds of Paradise) to create the middle alone.
His collection of bird skins and insects belongs to the most important exhibits in the Natural History Museum in London. Specimens from Meek’s collections can be also seen in the American Museum of Natural History.
Seven bird species are named after Meek.
Hardcover, first edition, 1913
238 pages, 36 illustrations
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