The Oologist Volume 18-20

The Oologist Volume 18-20

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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: ...I obtained some interesting notes, some of which I will record here. During their captivity they were quite friendly and except when fed always lived on the best of terms, but when fedgthey would sometimes show a disposition to quarrel over the possession of the food given to them. I fed them bodies of birds I had skinned, but they did not seem to like this kind of food, only eating it when forced toby hunger. Mice and gophers seemed to be their favorite food and they had a great liking for snakes. When I would throw one of these into the cage they would immediately seize it, one at each end, and holding it down with their feet tear it to pieces and devour it. Rabbits seemed to be another favorite "dish," but they seemed to be lazy about this, as if I did not open the rabbit before I put it in it would remain untouched. Probably this was because the parent birds always tear to pieces the food they bring to their nestlings, and in captivity they failed to learn to provide for themselves. During the day they would climb on to their block perches and remain very quiet, but toward dusk they became lively and noisy, spent a good deal of time trying to get out of their prison, eat any food I gave them and called to each other in a peculiar whistle, later using the same "Hoo, Hoo," that the adult Bubo uses in the weird hours of the night. It was very amusing to see them fight for the possession of a snake. One seizing hold of each end they would tug and pull, flutter and struggle till the snake would come in two, and they would each take its portion to a different corner of the cage and devour it. Well to leave the young Owls and return to the woods in the spring of '93. On the 15th of April I found another nest of Bubo...
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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879848
  • 9781236879844