The “Scientifics” often sketched the wildlife specimens they came across during their travels. After careful study, many specimens then became dinner! The Wilkes Expedition discovered thousands of new plant and animal species. These images come from the volumes of the expedition’s findings.

Kingfishers, Fiji (Todiramphus vitiensis)
Type: Illustration
Image Date: 1858
Credit: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Origin: Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Titian Ramsay Peale
SIL 19-12-063b
Navigators & Inventors


Kingfishers, Fiji (Todiramphus vitiensis)