Stories of the Animal World

Stories of the Animal World

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...of pure oil in the face of anyone who molests them. I have seen And of what use are these strange birds? I know not, Edward; I do not, as I have often told you, undertake to answer all the questions, or half of them, which anyone could readily address to me. Yet I recollect there is one point of view in which they are serviceable; the people of the Feroe Islands make candles of them. Make candles of them, sir! Yes; they draw a wick through the bird and light it; and, as the petrel is full of fat and oil, it burns for a long time. I should never have thought of such a use as this. I dare say you would not. The Auk Tribe is placed under this order. It is a bird of passage, FULMAR PETREL. visiting our coast about the beginning of April, and departing about the middle of August. They lay one egg in a hole in the earth, or in the fissures of the rocks. The bill is thick, convex, and marked with urrows. The bill of the one we saw stuffed, you know, sir, was half red, and the legs were of an orange colour. Its beak was very singular, and rather more than an inch long. It was the Puffin Auk. This bird does not breed till it is three years old. It feeds on sprats and sea-weeds. The Man-of-war Bird, or the Albatross, is classed under this order. It is a most remarkable bird. They are often as large or larger than a swan. The plumage, in general, is white, marked with Alca arctica. black lines. The quill feathers are black, the bill yellow, and the legs of flesh colour. It is common about the Cape of Good Hope, and in America. Except when gorged with prey, they have great powers of flight. They take as their prey immense numbers of the flying fish. The flesh is very hard and dry, and the bird is of but little use. Their eggs, indeed, are valued at...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680581X
  • 9781236805812