Birds of California in Relation to the Fruit Industry Volume . 1

Birds of California in Relation to the Fruit Industry Volume . 1

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...and its two most prominent elements are Hymenoptera and Hemiptera. which are eaten extensively and very regularly through the year. The other components of the diet apparently are taken with less regularity. WESTERN MOCKING B1KD. (Mir/ius polyglottos leucopterus. The mocking bird has always been held in such High esteem as a singer that perhaps it would be useless to attempt to add to the bird's repute by showing that its food habits are of a high order of economic interest. Moreover, the title of the mocking bird to be ranked as an economic benefactor is not quite clear, for, though it does considerable good by the destruction of harmful insects, it eats much fruit, and from the Southern States, particularly Texas and Florida, where fruit raising is an important industry, have come bitter complaints against it. In Florida the bird is said to attack grapes and oranges, and in Texas it is asserted that figs are to be added to its food list. In California the mocking bird is a common resident only in the southern half of the State and is very common only in restricted portions. No serious complaints of the bird's depredations in this State have yet been made, but this perhaps is due to the fact that mocking birds are rare in sections where cherries and the smaller deciduous fruits are grown. Where mockers are most abundant, citrus fruits are the principal crop and the birds do not appear to molest them. While a number of stomachs of this bird have been examined, they are too few and too unequally distributed over the region under investigation to justify final conclusions with regard to the animal food; still they furnish information of value. It so happens that 33 stomachs were taken between July 18 and August 18, and another a few days later. more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236504372
  • 9781236504371