The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 1

The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology 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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...Lesson, Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux-mouches. Supplement, pis. xvii. and xviii. This very beautiful species has been described by Vieillot by the name we have adopted, as that of its prior describer; and although perhaps not quite so applicable as that given by Lesson, it should be adopted. We are at a loss to understand why (hat ornithologist has introduced so many changes of nomenclature in his beautiful monograph. An inspection of the plate will show a difference of form from any of those previously described; and it is probable that this species will form the type, or a very marked individual, in one of the subdivisions. The total length is nearly four inches; the bill is straight, rather enlarged at the base, and of a clear yellow, except the tip, which is black; the tarsi are very short; a patch, or cowl, of brilliant blue, covers the crown, extending to the occiput, from the rictus, in a line beneath the eyes. The upper parts of the body are of a brilliant golden green, and the under parts of a chaste and clear white; the wings are large, equalling the tail in length, and of a purplish brown; and the tail is composed of broad and strong feathers. In the birds of one year, the upper parts assume a greyer tinge; and below, the white is less pure, becoming browner on the flanks and vent. The bill also wants its clearness, and the beautiful azure crown only begins to appear as age advances. The species has yet been only brought from Brazil. DELALANDE'S HUMMING-BIRD. Trochilus Delalandii.--Vieillot. Plate X. Trochilus Delalandii, Vieillot, Dictionnaire cTHistoire Naturdk; Temminck, Planches Colorieds, pi. xviii. figs. 1,2.--Le Plumet bleu Ornismya Delalandii, Lesmn, Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux-mouches, pi. xxiii. male; pL xxiv....show more

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