The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 9

The Naturalist's Library, II. Ornithology Volume 9

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... stretched out at the base to a bar, and produced an appearance at once both barred and streaked. On the thighs and vent, the distribution is in bars of a brownish tint. In the young Goshawk, the breast marking is all longitudinal bars, here it assumes somewhat that of the adult bird; in both the colouring of the markings in the young is brown, the adults a rich black. Astur, generic characters.--Bill compressed, edge of the mandible with an obsolete lobe; nostrils oval; wings short, fourth quill longest, the first five notched about their centre; tail very ample, rather lengthened; tarsi proportionably shorter than in Accipiter; of middle strength, the scaling in front more strongly marked; middle toe long, the outer toes and the hallux nearly equal; claw of the hind and inside toes strong and nearly equal. Note.--European, habits chiefly sylvan, sometimes strike the prey on the wing, breed on trees, occasionally trained to the chase. THE GOSHAWK. Astur palumbarius Bechstein. PLATE X. Falco palumbarius of authors Astur Briss.--L'Autour of the French Goshawk of British ornithologists. A detailed account of the habits of the Goshawk, written from observation, is yet a desideratum in the history of British birds. None of our modern writers have seen the bird in its native haunts, and there is little more detail in the works of the more ancient naturalists, when it was supposed to be more abundant. The districts of the Dee and of the Spey are always mentioned as the parts where this bird is most abundantly found, but it is undoubtedly rare even in these wild wooded regions. Lowe again mentions it as occurring in the Orkneys. In England it is still more uncommon, and it seems curious, that when not unfrequently met with in France, it should...
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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975774
  • 9781236975775