Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences Volume 5

Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences Volume 5

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...Upon turning to this I find a bird described as " The screech Owl," with the Latin phrase just quoted, which comprises the entire description. The synonymes, then, to the point we have now attained are, for much the greater part, unsatisfactory, nor are Brown's descriptions of any account whatever, so far as relates to actually determining the species. Gmelin, in his edition of the Syst. Nat. of Linn. ii. p. 1032 (1788, ) gives as additional synonymes, " Engoulevent a lunettes on Haleur, Buff. hist. nat. des ois, vi. p. 543," and "American Goatsucker, Lath, syn. ii. 2, p. 600, n. 14," both of which are avowedly founded on Sloanes description and figure. Geo. R. Gray, in Genera of Birds, gives this as a Chordeiles, citing Sloane's figure. It is by no possibility a Chordeiles, in which there is no such character as " along the upper mandible were several bristly hairs in line," as stated by Sloane and represented in his plate. Gosse, in Birds of Jamaica, p. 51, thinks it may be his Nyctibiuspallidus, which is also impossible for the reason just stated, and others which are obvious upon examination of Sloane's description and figure. Bonaparte, in Conspectus Avium, p. 63, places Caprimulgus americanus, Linn., as a Chordeiles. It does not appear that either of the authors cited, from Ray to the present time, ever saw a bird which he understood to be the Caprimulgus americanus, Linn., for which Sloane is the sole authority. In fact, the exact expressions used by him are repeated by nearly all writers;--for instance, the term " Feuille mort," which he applies to the color of his bird, is copied exactly by Brisson, Buffon, Vieillot, and Latham, while Gmelin Latinizes it into "folii marcidi." For...
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  • Paperback | 188 pages
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  • English
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