The Useful Birds of Southern Australia; With Notes on Other Birds

The Useful Birds of Southern Australia; With Notes on Other Birds

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...alike in this respect. When the male bird on this particular_occasion lost his mate, he flew round for some time uttering a plaintive twit twit, then returned to the tree to continue his search for insects, exhibiting the while considerable restlessness. One summer's day, some years ago, as I wandered along a river bank accompanied by my friends, the Messrs. Brittlebank, a little comedy was presented, in which a member of this species was the principal actor. We noticed in the branches of a gum tree by which we were passing a Sittella bearing a large grub in its bill. Wishing to watch the bird feed its young, which we knew could not be far away, we stood our ground and waited for developments. The bird was either in no hurry or objected to the presence of spectators; for ten minutes or more it continued to fly from bough to bough, until, perhaps moved by the appeal of its hungry young, it finally decided to creep down the main stem to a crevice in the bark where it had carefully secretedtemporarily, I presume--a fully fledged young bird, which greedily swallowed the juicy grub held by its mother. After the departure of the parent, one of our party climbed into the tree and caught the young bird, who thereupon created such an uproar as to attract the attention of three adult birds who were in the vicinity. These joined their voices to the din, and forthwith commenced a fierce onslaught on our party, their graceful flight and boldness astonishing each one of us. Sweeping down with graceful curves, they showed some inclination to catch the hands that held the young one captive, yet retiring at the least movement on our part. These delicate advances on the part of the angry birds had continued for some time, when th ree...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873467
  • 9781236873460