Stray Feathers. a Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies Volume 2

Stray Feathers. a Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies Volume 2

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... this bird in Macpherson's Straits, which repeatedly passed over us, flying from the tops of the trees on the hill slopes on one side to similar positions on the other, and of course well out of shot. One party settled high up on Bird Island, a tiny precipitous wooded islet, and though we could hear their loud deep coo, and from the waters edge, watch them feeding, scuffling, and making love on the branches of the highest central trees, we could see nothing of them, when with infinite trouble we worked a way up to near the base of these trees, though we could still hear them. I have no doubt that this species is a permanent resident of the Andamans and Nicobars, moving as " bicolor" does from island to island, as the different fruits and berries which constitute the sole food of these large pigeons, ripen. 781 quat--Carpophagabicolor, Scop. (41.) This bird breeds commonly in the Nicobars where we shot many nestlings though no eggs were obtained. To the Andamans and the Great Cocos, Barren Island, and Narcondam, it is a seasonal visitant. There were none at the Great Cocos when we were there in March; but the Lighthouse-keeper told us that in Table Island he had often shot dozens, and a month later when Davison visited the Cocos he found them abundant. At Narcondam they were very numerous, and in the jungle clad sea-face of the exterior orater of Barren Island we saw a good many. The following are the dimensions of this species recorded in the flesh; there is no difference in the size of the sexes, or indeed in the plumage, except that some of the males are more strongly tinged with yellow than any of the females: --Length, 16 to 17; expanse, 275 to 30; wing, 8-82 to 95; tail, from vent, 512 to 5'5; tarsus, l'lO to 13; bill, from gape, 14 to 15;...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236678184
  • 9781236678188