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21 August, 1769


On 21 August, 1769, James Cook wrote “Saw 2 Pintado Birds the first I have seen this Voyage, they are larger than a Pigeon and chequer'd black and white over their backs & wings, with white bellies, black heads, and the ends of their tails are black”.

Joseph Banks wrote “A fine breeze at NW. Some Pintado birds (Proc. capensis) about the ship. This day our Plantains faild us, they were all eat, not one ever was rotten. Indeed since we left Ulhietea [Raiatea] the Hogs have almost intirely subsisted upon them, of which we have no small number who I fear will feel the loss of them most sensibly as not one I beleive has yet eat the smallest proportion of English food”.

The bird was the Cape pigeon (Daption capensis).

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