The Natural History of the Birds of Ireland, Indigenous and Migratory, Containing Descriptions of the Habits, Migrations of the 261 Species Comprised in the Fauna

The Natural History of the Birds of Ireland, Indigenous and Migratory, Containing Descriptions of the Habits, Migrations of the 261 Species Comprised in the Fauna

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...J. Montgomery, Es.; the other, in immature lumage, purchased by Dr. Ba for the Dublin University useum. In habits, perhaps, more nocturnal than the other species of the Ardeada-, it frequents marshes, or any locality where suflicient herbage will admit of its skulking unobserved in the daytime; and in North America, where It is frequent, it is known as the " qua bird." Breeding in flocks in the vicinity of swamps and cane-brakes, the flesh of the young birds is esteemed equal in flavour to pigeons, so that they are eagerly sought after by the settlers and their other enemies, the ra torial birds. abitat_Northern Africa. WE might class the stork amongst the rarest and yet the best known of the many rare visitants we have already seen comprised in the great family of the Ardeadae. Only occurring in two instances in Ireland, the first of which was obtained in the county of Cork, in 1846, and which we had the pleasure of seeing in the collection of Dr. Harvey of that city; and the second obtained in the vicinity of a marsh near the sea-shore in Wexford, during the autumn of the same year. Protected and preserved in continental towns, we see the stork familiarly standing on the housetop and at dusk sailing over the half marshy fields in the vicimty of the dykes. In WHITE sToRK.--wHITE SPO0NBILL-139 deed, in a similar manner as we observe the more gigantic members of this family walking completely at home amidst the population in the warm climates of Southern Asia, we may also see the stork in Holland and Belgium performing the dgties of a scavenger, at early dawn flying over the stree, 's, and stopping to pick up whatever garbage may appear. Very common in temperate Europe, the sjork Omsionally appears in considerable-fiocks...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759001
  • 9781236759009