A Short Description of the Republic of Chile

A Short Description of the Republic of Chile

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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: ...to swoop down upon fallen draughtanimals and other corpses. There are two other carrion vultures, but not important ones; the waters and coasts are inhabited by geese, ducks, divers, seagulls, a kind of pelican and many other birds, whilst among inland birds sought after by hunters are pigeons, partridges and thrushes, etc. To mention birds of brilliant plumage, there are 3 kinds of parrot, 5 of humming birds, the latter being observed in the Andes and close to the glaciers on the Strait of Magellan. Amphibia are represented by frogs as large as a child's head (Calyptocephalus Gayi) and the Rhinoderma Darwinii. There are no crocodiles in Chile. Fish fauna are plentiful both in the sea and in fresh water, many favourite dishes being made of them as for instance Pejerrey; fish is especially plentiful near Juan Fernandez and promises great things in the future for commerce. Quantities of oysters and other sea creatures are found near Chiloe and in other points along the coast. The insect world in Chile is comparatively poor in species, especially in beautifully coloured butterflies. Mosquitos and sandflies, these pests of the tropics, are unknown in Chile. A large stagbeetle (Chiasognathus Grantii) is common near Valdivia. There are many kinds of crabs which have an excellent taste, of which we will mention here only a kind of river crab and the "Langosta" (Palinurus frontalis), which latter is found in such enormous quantities off the coast of Juan Fernandez that people have often tried to introduce the kind at Valparaiso. The sea is rich in mussels and snails of the most varied kinds, which form the main staple of food for the poor inhabitants on the coast and in the Terra del Fuego. The larger Mytilides (choros) and oysters...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236765893
  • 9781236765895