The World of To-Day; A Survey of the Lands and Peoples of Trhe Globe as Seen in Travel and Commerce Volume 4

The World of To-Day; A Survey of the Lands and Peoples of Trhe Globe as Seen in Travel and Commerce Volume 4

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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: ...parrots, big parties of the brilliant Lorius hyfasnochrus, and of several kinds of Trichoglossus, being seen to settle down among the foliage, wrestling amid loud shrieks for the access to the sweet nectar of the calyx, doing the wildest gymnastic tricks along the branches, and presenting a scene more frequently viewed in a well-furnished aviary than in wild nature. From the crown of the highest treesthe voices of the white and black cockatoos are continually heard; then, again, you see a specimen of the stately Elcctus pectoralis, resplendent in the green, blue, and scarlet hues of his feathery dress. Now a kingfisher is seen darting like an arrow over the surface of the water. Besides the genuine short-tailed halcyons and kingfishers, which feed on fish and water-fowl, these regions harbour a genus surpassing in beauty of plumage and elegance of form all the others, and which deserves to be called the king of kingfishers.... A sound we continually heard was the loud cooing-nd restless flutter of the fruit-pigeons, Carpophaga and Ptilopus, among the branches of the fruit-bearing forest trees. Many of these pigeons may well be compared to the most handsome parrots as regards splendour and brilliancy of plumage. On the whole, the Australian region surpasses all other countries on earth by the number of its pigeon species, and the conspicuous colouring of these usually insignificant-looking birds. The rich development and lively hue of the pigeons in the Australian region may be justly ascribed to the entire lack of monkeys, lemurs, weasels, and civets, i.e. to the absence of animals fond of eggs and young birds, and therefore particularly dangerous to so helpless a family as the pigeons, and to one so awkward and careless in the art of...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236911032
  • 9781236911032