Bulletin Volume 41, V. 16 - No. 60, V. 16

Bulletin Volume 41, V. 16 - No. 60, V. 16

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...They breed in the hollow tops of high trees, and the young are rarely taken. When caught young, they readily learn to talk. It descends to the valleys in the rainy season to some extent, but prefers the mountains. At this time they are very fat, excellent eating, and much hunted." Mr. Ober made an excursion into their mountain fastnesses and camped on their feeding grounds, but so wild and wary were the birds, that though assisted by Carib Indian hunters, he was able to secure only three, which are now in the National Museum. In later years a new road was opened through the forest and one collector shot a dozen specimens. Whatever fluctuations may mark the final years of a species, we may be almost certain that in the case of a conspicuous insular parrot such as this, there is small hope of more than a few years' lease of life. Considered as one of the creatures which man will soon efface from the earth, the Imperial Amazon illustrates an interesting fact. Instead of being spread over a million square miles as was the Carolina parrakeet, this bird is found only on about one hundred and fifty miles of the earth's surface. But isolation in the thick tropical jungle of one small mountain ridge has done more for it than all the advantages which vast northern forests and southern everglades conferred on the parrakeet. As we have seen how our single northern representative of the order of Parrots has been almost if not wholly exterminated in the United States, it is worth while briefly to review the present status of these birds in the West Indies. Three distinct groups of parrots formerly inhabited these islands, macaws, Amazons and conures or parrakeets. Of the several species of macaws, not one survives to-day, and whereas formerly, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236925343
  • 9781236925343