The Children's Picture-Book of Birds; Illustrated with Sixty-One Engravings by W. Harvey

The Children's Picture-Book of Birds; Illustrated with Sixty-One Engravings by W. Harvey

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... numbers of Larks are caught by means of horse-hair nooses. It does seem ungrateful that these sweet songsters, which have cheered us with their delightful notes throughout the spring and summer, should be killed to increase the pleasure of the table. The Woodlark is not quite so large as the Skylark. It is brownish-black, with pale edges: it has a white band from the bill over the eyes. Like the Skylark, it builds its nest on the ground, and lays four eggs--brown, with blotches of gray and brown. It perches on the branches of trees, and sings as it flips; sometimes late in the evening, when its notes have been mistaken for those of the Nightingale. The Grasshopper Lark is the smallest species 126 The Bullfinch. of Lark. Its chirp is very similar to the cry of a Grasshopper, but louder and shriller; and during the summer its peculiar cry may be heard throughout" the whole night. The Bullfinch is about the size of a Sparrow. It is not a well-shaped bird, its head and neck being large in proportion to its body; and hence it has derived its name. In a state of nature its notes are low and feeble; but it is easily taught to imitate the sound of a pipe, or the whistle of a man, in a fine mellow tone. The method of teaching it is to confine it in a dark room, and, before its food is given, to play the air on a bird-organ or flageolet: in a short time the bird learns the tune correctly, and if well fed, will continue to sing throughout the day. A good "piping" Bullfinch will fetch a very high price. In summer it seeks the woods, but in winter it approaches gardens and orchards, and makes sad havoc among the early buds. Its nest is made of twigs, and placed in thick bushes or fir-trees; the eggs are four in number, of a pale greenish...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577264
  • 9781236577269