White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle from Yarrell, William. A history of British birds. London: J. Van Voorst, 1845.

CollectionSpecial Collections, UCC Library, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. 

William Yarrell (1784–1856) was an English bookseller, zoologist, and naturalist, best known for The History of British Fishes (1836) and A History of British Birds (1843). The latter volume is a handbook containing an entry for every known species of bird in Britain. Admired for its scientific accuracy, it became the standard reference work for British ornithologists. The White-Tailed Eagle was once a widespread breeding species along Irish coasts but was extirpated by the early 20th Century. It was first re-introduced at Killarney National Park in 2007, with subsequent sites including Glengarriff and Lough Derg. It is the largest bird of prey in Ireland with a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres. It has faced significant challenges in terms of repopulation.  For more information see: Life on Land: Birds & Trees from the 17th-21st Centuries https://libguides.ucc.ie/lifeonland 


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