Great Nebraska

Naturalists and Scientists

NOU, Lawrence Bruner, Letter, 1906, Sept. 24

Sept. 24th, 1906.
Mr. J. W. Elwood,
Omaha, Nebr.

My Dear Sir:-
Yours of the 22nd. received. In reply will say that the bird number 15 of the list of skins from the Philipines is a species of hornbill. As there are something over 75 species of these birds and I am not provided with a complete monograph of the family I cannot definitely place your specimen as to genus and species. The Toucans are entirely confined to the Americas while the Hornbills belong to the Orient. They are not very closely related and resemble each other only in the enormously enlarged beak. I am returning herewith your slip on which the drawing of the beak of the specimen is made.
Yours very truly,