Sparrowhawk from Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de. Histoire naturelle des oiseaux. A Paris: De l’Imprimerie royale, 1770-1786.

Collection: Special Collections, UCC Library, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was a French naturalist. He is best remembered for his 36-volume encyclopedia of natural history, Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière (1749-1804) of which nine are on birds (1770-1783) with illustrartions by François-Nicolas Martinet. The encyclopedia was met with great success and has since been translated into several other languages, including English. The sparrowhawk is the most common bird of prey in Ireland. It nests in trees and is most often found breeding in woodland areas, including farmland with woods, or larger parks and gardens. It can be spotted flying over Cork City. It has been found breeding on the North Mall Campus of UCC. For more information see: Life on Land: Birds & Trees from the 17th-21st Centuries


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