The Class Aves Volume 1

The Class Aves Volume 1

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...not prevent it from darting on the young domestic fowl. Even shots did not prevent these kites from returning to the waggons where M. Le Vaillant was preparing his repast, to carry off some pieces of meat. These birds will plunge down into rivers to carry off the fish, and also hunt all kinds of small game. They fight with crows for pieces of carrion, and force them to let them go. They frequent marshy grounds in preference, and build the nest on some bush in the midst of reeds. They also build in rocks and trees like the common kite. The eggs, four in number, have red spots. It appears not improbable that this kite is but a variety of the common, and also that the Etolian kite of Savigny, falco Egypt-ius, Gm., is the same. The Blac of M. Le Vaillant-is the couhieh of the Arabs, and is found in Barbary, Egypt, and Africa-generally. It is usually on the top of trees or the most elevated bushes: it continually sends forth piercing cries, both when perched and flying. It does not attack small birds, and pursues the shrikes and crows only for the purpose of driving them away from its habitat. Though daring and intrepid, its usual food is grasshoppers, and some other insects, from which it is thought to derive a certain odour of musk with which its body and excrements are impregnated. As it is exceedingly savage, one cannot easily approach it. It builds a tolerably spacious nest in the forks of trees, which is furnished within with feathers and moss, where the female lays four or five white eggs. Our figure of the Mississipi Kite was drawn by Major Hamilton Smith at Philadelphia. It is the same specimen as is figured by Wilson, the Carolina Kite of the text. A species called Yetapa is placed among the kites, and described by d'Azara. He...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986091
  • 9781236986092