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SciArt of the Day: Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos… yes, Pootoos!

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Peterson's Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos

Peterson's "Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos" from the Field Guide to Mexican Birds and Adjacent Central America, 1973. This plate and many others are up for auction September 8th at Guernsey's Auction House in New York.

We’re tossing it up today at SciArt of the Day to offer a plate from the ubiquitous Peterson Field Guides to birds of the world. Keep an eye out later this afternoon for a more detailed post on an auction of 500 original paintings and 200 wildlife photographs by Peterson being held this week in New York.

For now, enjoy “Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos” by Roger Tory Peterson; Gouache, watercolor, pencil and ink on board with overlay.
From Field Guide to Mexican Birds and Adjacent Central America, 1973.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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