American Ornithology; Or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...or both. Its note is a feeble chirp, rarely uttered. The worm-eater is five inches and a quarter in length, and eight inches in extent; back, tail, and wings, a fine clear olive; tips and inner vanes of the wing-quills, a dusky brown; tail, slightly forked, yet the exterior feathers are somewhat shorter than the middle ones; head and whole lower parts, a dirty huff; the former marked with four streaks of hlack, one passing from each nostril, broadening as it descends the hind head; and one from the posterior angle of each eye; the bill is stout, straight, pretty thick at the base, roundish, and tapering to a fine point; no bristles at the side of the mouth; tongue, thin, and lacerated at the tip; the breast is most strongly tinged with the orange buff; vent, waved with dusky olive; bill, blackish above, flesh coloured below; legs and feet, a pale clay colour; eye, dark hazel. The female differs very little in colour from the male. On this species Mr Pennant makes the following remarks: --" Does not appear in Pennsylvania till July, in its passage northward. Does not return the same way, but is supposed to go beyond the mountains which lie to the west. This seems to be the case with all the transient vernal visitants of Pennsylvania." That a small bird should permit the whole spring, and half of the summer, to pass away before it thought of "passing to the north to breed," is a circumstance, one should think, would have excited the suspicion of SO discerning a naturalist as the author of Arctic Zoology, as to its truth. I do not know that this bird breeds to the northward of the United States. As to their returning home by " the country beyond the mountains," this must, doubtless, be for the purpose of finishing the...
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