The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 2

The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 2

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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: ...surpassing tips are white. It is a native of Brazil. DAVID'S HUMMING-BIRD. Trochilus Davidianus.--Lesson. Le Colibri David, Lesson, Trochilidees, pl. xiii. This species M. Lesson has dedicated to the celebrated French artist, David. It is of the same size with the last, and of a light graceful form. The general tint of the plumage is brown, deeply coloured above, and beneath of a paler shade, tinted with yellow. The auriculars are of the same deep colour with the upper parts, and form a patch on the cheek, surrounded on the under part with a brighter shade. The tail is regularly graduated, the centre feathers, though longer, not far surpassing the others. It inhabits Cayenne. These are all the birds which Lesson includes in this form. The others do not possess any particular elongation of the centre tail feathers. The first we shall mention is the HAIRY-LEGGED HUMMING-BIRD. Trochilus hirsutus.--Linnaeus. Plate XXIX. Trochilus hirsutus, Linnceus--T. Brasiliensis, Latham and Temminck, auct. Lesson.--Le Colibri hirsute, Lesson, Histoire Naturelle des Colibris, pl. xxi. This species will stand as the type of what Lesson makes his second form, among those with curved bills. It was named by Linnaeus as above, from the legs being slightly plumed below the first joints; this, however, seems a character not quite constant, and does not appear in the specimens which we have under that name. The distinctions between the males and females of these birds seem to differ very little, as far as we at present know, and there is no prolongation of the centre feathers in the male sex, as we always found in the preceding group. In this species the nest is built of a much looser structure, and of a longer, almost pendulous form. This bird is about four inches...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236939530
  • 9781236939531