A Dictionary of British Birds; Reprinted from Montagu's Ornithological Dictionary, and Incorporating the Additional Species Described by Selby; Yarr

A Dictionary of British Birds; Reprinted from Montagu's Ornithological Dictionary, and Incorporating the Additional Species Described by Selby; Yarr

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...this delightful singing bird is so generally known that to say more of it is useless. It has been asserted that the Sky Lark never perches; but this is a mistake, for we have frequently seen it perch on the top of a bush, and sometimes on the branch of a tree. SUPPLr: MENT.--Doctor Latham remarks that the duty paid at Leipsic for Larks amounts to 12,000 crowns per annum, at a grosch or twopence-halfpenny sterling for every sixty Larks. The quantity may seem prodigious, but the fields appear to be covered with them from Michaelmas to Martinmas. These birds are seen in Egypt, about Cairo, in like number, the beginning of September, and continue for some days; are supposed to come from Barbary, and are called, in Egypt, Asfour Dsjebali or Mountain Birds. Whether any portion of the northern breed of these birds visit us in winter is not certain, but it is obvious that at particular times they are infinitely more abundant in the southern provinces than at others; possibly they only quit one part of the kingdom and assemble in another, where the climate is more mild. In the winter of 1803 large flocks of these birds were seen in every stubble-field in the south of Devon, in number far beyond anything that has since appeared. Lark, Tawny, or Tawny Pipit.--Anthus campestris, Meyer, Taschenb. Dent. i. 257? Anthus rufescens, Temm. Man. d'Ornith. i. 267.--" Upper parts of the body isahelline gray: on the middle of each feather a slight tint of brown; above the eyes a broad whitish band; throat of the same colour; all the other under parts isabelline white; on each side of the throat a small narrow streak, and on the breast eight or ten very small spots scarcely discernable; wing-coverts and remiges brown, bordered with isabelline red;...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236934660
  • 9781236934666