Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds; Including the Geographical Distribution of the Species and Popular Observations Thereon Volume 1-2

Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds; Including the Geographical Distribution of the Species and Popular Observations Thereon Volume 1-2

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...reaches as far north as Rockingham Bay. The extent of country in which they both exist is therefore about fifty miles." The following is a field note by Mr. W. B. Barnard when in the Bloomfield River district, 1893: --" Pitta, or Dragoon Bird. Found two nests, one with two eggs, the other with four. Nest on ground between two projecting roots, made of fan-palm fibre, dead leaves, small sticks, &c. Resembles a bandicoot's nest, the hole being in the side. First nest found 5th December, second on 20th." 421.--Pitta Mackloti, Temminck. BLUE-BREASTED PITTA. Figure.--Gould: Birds of Australia, fol., supp., pi. 29. Reference.--Cat. Birds Brit. Mus., vol. xiv., p. 436. Previous Descriptions of Eggs.--Gould: Birds of Australia, fol., supp. (1869); North: Austn. Mus. Cat., p. 174, pi. 11, fig. 9 (1889). Geographical Distribution.--North Queensland; also New Guinea, New Britain, Aru Islands, Mysol, Salwatti, and Waigiou. Nest.--A loose structure of interlaced grasses and fine fibres. In one instance it was placed on the head of a stump about six or seven inches from the ground. (Gould.) Eggs.--Clutch, three to four; roundish in form; texture of shell fine; surface glossy; colour, lightish cream or pale creamy-buff, lightly blotched and splashed all over with dull-purple and a few darker spots of olive. Dimensions in inches of a clutch: (1) 1-12 x-86, (2) 1-11 x-88, (3) 1-1 x-86. These eggs, besides being smaller than those of simiUima, have their markings more blotched or of a cloudy nature. (Mr. T. A. Brittlebank's collection.) Observations.--Referring to the richly-coloured Macklot or Bluebreasted Pitta, Gould states: --" I possess undoubted examples as well as young birds, from the neighbourhood of Somerset, in the Cape...show more

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