The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 3; V. 5

The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 3; V. 5

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...allied species; it is the BLUE AND GREEN TURTELINE Ptilinopus cyano-virens Lesson. PLATE V. Columba cyano-virens, Lesson, Vog. de la Coquille, pi. 42, M. and F Id. Man. d'Ornith. ii. 169. This species, which vies in beauty of plumage with the preceding, is a native of New Guinea, where it dwells in the evergreen forests of these equatorial regions, and where, from the frequent low cooings which were heard by the crew of the Coquille, when on a voyage of discovery to these parts, it appears to be very abundant. Its total length barely exceeds eight inches. The bill is slender, the basal part black, the tip or horn of a light grey. The sides are reddish-brown. The tarsi are short and feathered nearly to the toes, which are of a rich orange yellow, and their structure similar to those of the P. purpuratus. The upper part of the body, wings, tail, lower breast, and sides, are bright grass-green. Upon the occiput is a large spot or bar of indigo blue, which colour also occupies the shaft or central part of the scapulars, and some of the lesser wingcoverts. The chin is greyish-white, passing into greenish-grey towards the breast. The lower part of the abdomen and the costal band, are white, the feathers margined with pale yellow; the thighs and tarsal feathers are green; the vent is white, and the under tail coverts are yellowish-white, with the greater part of the inner webs green. The greater quills are brownish-black, with a narrow edging of pale yellow, and the wing-coverts and secondaries are also margined with yellow. The female is devoid of the blue spot upon the occiput, as well as those which ornament the scapular feathers of the male. The forehead and chin are grey, and the abdomen and vent clothed with feathers of a more

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