Stray Feathers; Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies Volume 5

Stray Feathers; Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies 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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...In dimensions adults vary in length from 74 to 78; wing, 4-6 to 4-8; tail, 3 7 to 4-1; fork, 1-7 to 23. The visible black portion of the upper tail-coverts is usually about 0 5, but varies from 0'4 to 0'7; of the lower tail-coverts 0 7 to 0"9, most generally the latter. The rump band in adults varies from 0 8 to 1. In perfect plumaged adults it is usually a uniform fairly bright bay, unstriated; but in many birds, during or after the breeding season, it pales posteriorly after the fashion, but not to the extent, of that of ru/ula. The lower parts are creamy white, often almost plain greyish white on the middle of the throat, with a pale ferruginous tinge on breast, rather more decided on flanks, axillaries and wing-lining. The occipital patches and nuchal collar (the latter a little varied with blue glossed feathers) are bright bay. J he ear-coverts are like the lower surface, in some a little more rufescent, and, being very densely striated with dusky, look much darker and duller. There is a bright blDe gloss on the black portions of both upper and lower tail-coverts. All this is in adults. In jrounger birds the bay portions are lighter coloured (in quite young ones the entire rump band is pale isabelline); and the feathers of the rump have blackish brown shafts, not shaft stripes, but only shafts. In non-adults the blue gloss of head mantle, &c, is more or less wanting or imperfect; in the quite young the lower surface is nearly pure white, and the striae are very faint on the abdomen. As the young grow older the striae become stronger for a time; as far as I can make out they are strongest in the cold season, next but one after the. bird's birth, after which they again grow somewhat feebler, though remaining always much more strongly...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521242
  • 9781236521248