A Book of Ornithology, for Youth; Embracing Descriptions of the Most Interesting and Remarkable Birds in All Countries, with Particular Notices of American Birds

A Book of Ornithology, for Youth; Embracing Descriptions of the Most Interesting and Remarkable Birds in All Countries, with Particular Notices of American Birds

By (author) 

List price: US$22.39

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...The tail is long and light blue, tipped with black. The Blue Jay is an almost universal inhabitant of the woods, frequenting the thickest settlements as well as the deepest recesses of the forest, where his squalling, voice often alarms the deer, to the great mortification and disap polntment of the hunter. His notes bear some resemblance to the tones of the trumpet, though he has the faculty of changing them through a great variety of modulations. When disposed for ridicule, there is sclrcely a bird whose peculiarities he cannot imitate. When engaged in making love, his notes resemble the sofl; chat. terings of a duck, and at a few paces distance are almost inaudible; but on being disturbed, he sets up a sudden and vehement outcry, flying of'l. and screaming with all his might. When he hops untroubled among the high branches of the oak and hickory, they become soft and musical; and his calls of the female would readily be mistaken by astranger for the screakings of an ungreased wheel-barrow. All those notes he accompanies with various peculiar nods, jerks and gesticulations. The nest of this bird is built frequently in the cedar, sometimes on an apple tree, and is lined with dry fibrous roots. The eggs are five in number, of a dull olive, spotted with brown. The male makes his visits as secretly as possible, and is particularly careful not to be heard near the place. His favourite food consists of chestnuts, acoms, and Indian corn; but he will sometimes eat bugs and caterpillars, and plunder the cherry row and potatoe patch. He frequently sneaks through the woods, and plunders every nest he can find, of its eggs and young; and occasionally he assaults small birds with the intention of killing and devouring them. Of all birds he is...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798953
  • 9781236798954