The American Natural History; A Foundation of Useful Knowledge of the Higher Animals of North America Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...Columbia, breeding everywhere that marshy lands occur. It is an olive-brown bird, streaked and barred with black, and in places with white also. While the most typical rails have long bills, some species are short-billed. A Gallinule is a bird which lives, acts and looks like a rail, and is easily mistaken for either a rail or a coot; but it stands midway between the two. It is distinguished from the rails by the bare, horny shield upon the forehead, and from the coots by the long, slender, unwebbed toes. The Florida Gallinule1 is also called the Blue "Rail," and Red-Billed "Mud-Hen," and its general color effect is bluish gray. It is found in localities adapted to its habits throughout temperate North America, north to Canada, and as far south as Brazil. The Purple Gallinule,2 of the southern half of the eastern United States, is a bird of beautiful plumage. Its colors are a rich, dark purple on the head, neck and shoulders, lightening to peacock blue on the back and lower breast. Even as it rises beside your railway train you can easily recognize it before it is lost to view. It still breeds on the headwaters of the St. Johns, opposite Melbourne. 1 Cal-li-nu'la gal-e-a'ta. Length, about 13 inches. 2 l-o-nor'nis mar-tin'i-ca. Length, Id inches. The Coot, or Mud-hen,1 is a bird of the small creeks, and the shores of shallow lakes and ponds where cat-tails. lizard-tails, iris and rushes grow abundantly. It is natural for any one who writes about a bird to think of it as he saw it most impressively. My memory goes back to my first days of alligator and crocodile hunting, in the little creeks that flow from the Florida Everglades into the head and western side of Biscayne Bay. Then and there Mud-Hens were so numerous and...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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