Encyclopaedia Londinensis Volume 20

Encyclopaedia Londinensis Volume 20

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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. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...begets those gentle dispositions which are fitted for social intercourse. Other animals are constantly engaged in the pursuit of prey: urged by want, restrained by apprehensions of danger, they depend for subsistence on the vigour of their own exertions; they have scarcely time to satisfy their immediate desires, and no leisure to cherifluhe benevolent affections. Such is the solitary condition of all the carnivorous birds, except a-feuz cowardly tribes which prowl on putrid carrion, and rather combine like robbers than unite as friends. And of all the birds which earn their subsistence by spoil, none leads a life so laborious and so painful as the woodpecker. Nature has condemned it to incessant toil and flaveryWhile others freely employ their courage or address, and either shoot on rapid wing, or lurk in close ambush; the woodpecker is constrained to drag out an insipid existence in borixig the bark and hard fibres oftrees, to extract its humble prey. Necessity never sixffers any intermssiffion of its labours; never grants an interval of sound repose 2 often during the night it sleeps in the same painful posture as in the fatigues of the day. It never shares the cheerful sports of the other inhabitants of the air;, it joins not their vocal concerts; and its wild cries, and saddening tones, while they disturb the filence of the forest, express constraint and effort. Its movemeiits are quick; its gestures full of inquietude; its looks sad and melancholy; it shuns all society, even that of its own kind; and, when it is prompted by lust to seek a companion, its appetite is not softened by delicacy of feeling. The woodpeckers of Africa agree in manners and ha-. bits with those of Europe and America. The following additional, observations are..show more

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  • Paperback | 1020 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 51mm | 1,783g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698479X
  • 9781236984791