Pets; Their History and Care

Pets; Their History and Care

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...wild seeds, with plenty of greens. The SAFFRON FINCH (Sycalis flaveola) is the only representative of its genus well known in this country. It is very canary-like, greenish-yellow above, streaked with blackish. The forehead is bright orange and the underparts are yellow. The female is somewhat duller than the male, but otherwise is similar. The Saffron Finch is now being im ported from northern South America in some numbers. It is very easily kept, and breeds readily in an aviary. It is not a safe companion, however, for species smaller than itself. The GRAssQU1Ts (Tiaris) are tiny birds, found chiefly, though not exclusively, in the West Indies. The most familiar species is the MELODIOUs GRAssQU1T (T. canora), of Cuba, known in England as the Cuban Finch, and among American dealers by the native name Tomogina. The male is green above, with the head, throat and chest black. A broad crescent of bright yellow passes across the throat, from eye to eye. The female has 'the black on the throat replaced by chestnut, and the yellow collar "is less distinct and the breast is gray. The YELLOw-FACED GRAssQU1T (T. olivacea olioacea), also of Cuba, is similar to the preceding species, but lacks the yellow crescent, this color being confined to a streak through the eye and a patch on the throat. The Mexican form (T. 0. pusilla) is distinguished by the extension of the black from the chest over the abdomen. When first imported, the Grassquits are exceedingly delicate, but once established are very hardy. They are harmless but active little birds, and the pleasant song of the male is an added attraction. Grassquits breed freely in avaries, building a domed nest after the fashion of Waxbills, or taking advantage of an artificial receptacle. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970071
  • 9781236970077