Birds of the British Isles and Their Eggs Volume 2

Birds of the British Isles and Their Eggs Volume 2

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...down as taw-tu-you, as all three alighted. The animal food is that of other waders, varied with a few moorland seeds and berries. The upper moor, bare or clothed with coarse grass and stunted ling or crowberry, is the usual nesting site, and the nest itself is often exposed, but by no means easy to find, for when the four mottled eggs (Plate 80) are laid, the sitting bird, warned by the watchful mate, slips quietly off and runs for some distance before taking wing. One of the pair, usually the male, though both are known to sit, stands sentinel on the skyline, and gives a long warning tovee if any one appears within sight. When the mate is at a safe distance from the nest it answers the call, and both will fly round the intruder with plaintive cries, and long after the danger zone is passed will stand watching, repeating a single mournful too. The eggs are generally laid in May, and by the end of the month the downy nestling (Plate 76) crouches in the herbage. When first hatched the little bird is a wonderful golden yellow, with dark mottles and whitish streaks. In summer the upper parts of the adult bird are mottled with black and golden yellow, and the tail and coverts are barred with brown and yellow; the under parts to the abdomen, and including the cheeks, are black, and between the yellow and black, from the forehead, over the eye to the flanks, runs a conspicuous band of white. The under surface of the wing and under tail-coverts are also white. There is rather less deep black on the under parts of the female. The bill and irides are blackish brown, the legs blue-grey. The black portions are white in winter, the colours are less golden, and the cheeks, greytinged breast, and flanks are mottled with brown and yellow. The plumage of...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954416
  • 9781236954411