The Ornithology of Illinois; PT.I. Descriptive Catalogue Volume . 1

The Ornithology of Illinois; PT.I. Descriptive Catalogue Volume . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...Length, 7.10 inches; wing, 3.25. Young of the year thickly streaked with dusky on the breast. The lateral stripes of the crown dull brown, the median one streaked whitish." "The white of the crown separates two black stripes on either side, rather narrower than itself. The black line behind the eye is continued anterior to it into the black at the base of the bili. The lower eyelid is white. There are some obscure cloudings of darker on the neck above. The rump is immaculate. No white on the tail except very obscure tips. The white on the wings crosses the ends of the middle and greater coverts." (Hist. N. Am. B.) This fine sparrow is usually an abundant migrant in the northern portions of the State, and a more or less common winter resident in'the southern parts. At Mount Carmel it was often abundant throughout the winter, frequenting, during the coldest weather, the door-yards and gardens, in company with Snowbirds (Junco hyemails), Tree Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rump Warblers, and other familiar species. Its clear, but rather subdued, whistling song was often heard just before its departure for the north. This song much resembles that of the White-throated Sparrow, but is less monotonous and rather more, plaintive. "Among the birds that tarry briefly with us in the spring on their way to Canada and beyond," writes Mr. John Burroughs, in Scribner's, "there is none that I behold with so much pleasure as the White-crowned Sparrow. I have an eye out for him all through April and the first week in May. He is the rarest and most beautiful of the Sparrow kind. He is crowned as some hero or victor in the games. He is usually in company with his congener, the White-throated Sparrow, but seldom more than in...show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236613007
  • 9781236613004