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April 29, 2014


Elizabeth Cottrell

You've picked the best of the best to work together on this ever-fascinating bird. John Gould's work is breathtaking, and has stood the test of time in terms of being cherished by collectors. No organization has done more to further the knowledge and preservation of birds than the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I am a proud member and have enjoyed John Fitzpatrick's work in the past. Kudos for this wonderful project and product.


Why haven't they made it to Hawaii yet? Many other birds are here, like the Kentucky Cardinal and of course Mynah birds, but no hummingbirds to my knowledge.

Steve Leveen

Thank you, Elizabeth, for your kind words, and I'm delighted to learn of another facet of your wide interest in the world. We are indeed fortunate to have the Cornell Lab with us--in this publication and with us in general!

Charlotte, we'll reach out to John with your question about Hawaii.

My best to you both,


Mim Harrison

Dear Charlotte,

In answer to your question about hummingbirds and Hawaii, Dr. Fitzpatrick told us this: "Mynah, cardinal, and a host of other birds are on Hawaii because humans brought them there. Hawaii is far too isolated to have been colonized by New World birds except those that are highly migratory. Most Hawaiian native birds originated from Old World stock, because of prevailing winds." So I guess there is one small delight that can be claimed only on the mainland!

All best,

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