Transactions - Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society Volume 7

Transactions - Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society Volume 7

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...a Reindeer hunter named Huns shot an adult Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca), which he sent to H. in the flesh by post. It measured 58 inches in the spread of its wings, and weighed 4 Ibs. 2 ozs., and its small ears and long-pointed oil-gland were particularly noticeable. In the summer of the same year he found three young ones on the ground recently hatched: this I believe was a Lemming year, when these pretty little quadrupeds were abundant. The nest was about half way up a mountain called Storhoi, at an elevation of about 4500 feet, and it was only after several days watching the old birds that Huns found it. H. brought the young ones to England, except one which died on the voyage; it was September when the other two arrived, and it was at once noticed that one was whiter than the other and rather larger, but this which was certainly a male was ultimately the smaller of the two. These birds could not use their wins until the middle of November, and when they did fly they always preferred the ground to stumps of trees placed in their cage. They are not nearly so hardy as Bubo iijnacus, and mind the cold more. I made the following notes on these Snowy Owls in confinement. When they want to drink they have a power of putting back the facial bristles from the beak in such a way as to partly conceal tlie eyes. The tongue is large and the mouth pink, and they can turn their heads round quite independently of their bodies, so as it were to face backwards, and do it without in any way ruffling the feathers of the neck. On a warm day in August, the hen was to be seen raising her wings, at the same time lowering the head and moving it from side to side with a low crooning note, indicative of pleasure and a desire to breed. The plumage of the head seems to...show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665457
  • 9781236665454