Traits and Anecdotes of Birds and Fishes; Illustrating Their Natural History, Habits, and Instincts

Traits and Anecdotes of Birds and Fishes; Illustrating Their Natural History, Habits, and Instincts

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ..."A young thrush, just able to feed itself, was placed in a cage. A short time af-, ter, a young cuckoo, which could not feed itself, -was placed in the same cage, and fed by the owner. At length it was observed that the thrush fed it; the cuckoo opening its mouth, and sitting on the upper perch, and making the thrush hop down to fetch its food. One day, while thus expecting its supply, a worm was put into the cage, and the thrush could not resist the temptation of eating it, upon which the cuckoo descended, attacked the thrush with fury, and literally tore out one of its eyes, and then hopped back. Although so lacerated, the poor thrush meekly took up some food, and continued to do so, till the cuckoo was full-grown. Will not the reader be reminded of the old story of the boy who bit off his mother's ear? " We close this article with Bruce's lines to a cuckoo: " Hail, beauteous stranger of the grove! Thou messenger of springi N ow heaven repairs thy rural seat, And woods thy welcome sing. Soon as the daisy decks the green, Thy certain voice we hear; Hast thou a star to guide thy path, Or mark the rolling year'! Delightful visitautl with thee I hail the time of flowers, And hear the sound of music sweet From birds among the bowers. The schoolboy, wandering through the wood To pull the primrose gay, Starts thy most curious voice to hear, And imitates thy lay. " DO not know any thing," says Mrs. Lee, "more striking to the traveler in tropical countries, than the freedom and abundance of those living creatures which, in England and the United States, have only been seen as rarities, or in confinement; and I shall never forget the sensations with which I first beheld hundreds of parrots...
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789717
  • 9781236789716