The Natural History of Cage Birds

The Natural History of Cage Birds

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"[...]called; besides this, several species, with a large, fleshy, undivided tongue, are able to repeat articulate sounds, and they are then said to talk, such as parrots and jays. It is remarkable, that birds which do not sing all the year, such as the red-breast, siskin, and goldfinch, seem obliged, after moulting, to learn to warble, as though they had forgotten; but I have seen enough to convince me that these attempts are merely to render the larynx pliant, and are a kind of chirping, the notes of which have but little relation to the proper song; for a slight attention will discover that the larynx becomes gradually capable of giving the common warble. This method of recovering the song does not then show deficiency of memory, but rigidity occasioned by the disuse of the larynx. The chaffinch will[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.53mm | 521.63g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507528353
  • 9781507528358