Tristram’s Grackle at Masada

Tristram's Grackle at Masada. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Tristram's Grackle at Masada. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Henry B. Tristram wrote The Natural History of the Bible in 1868. In 1884 he wrote Fauna and Flora of Palestine. I have not personally used his books, but I have seen numerous quotations from them in sources describing the plants, animals, and birds of Palestine.

A bird commonly seen at Masada, along the shore of the Dead Sea, is named for Tristram. This black bird with some distinctive orange feathers is known as Tristram’s Grackle, or Tristram’s Starling.

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One response to “Tristram’s Grackle at Masada

  1. Tristram’s books are wonderful, besides the 2 you mentioned there are also some others like “The land of Moab”, “The Great Sahara” and “Rambles in Japan”. He has the same character as you, he liked travelling, wrote about his travels and was always searching to find new things.

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