Zoological Illustrations Volume I

Zoological Illustrations Volume I

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Excerpt: ...more ventricose; the second, like all the other figures of Gualtieri, is defective at the apex; and Knorr's I suspect has been outrageously coloured from the real pink-mouthed Achatina. It inhabits the coast of Guinea; and I am informed the animal is eaten by the natives. Pl. 31 PHIBALURA cristata. Crested Shortbill. Generic Character. (Phibalura Vieillot.) Rostrum brevissimum, trigonum, latius quam altum; mandibula superiore culmine subcurvata carinata; inferiore recta; utrisque marginatis. Nares basales, simplices, subrotundae, plumulis densis incumbentibus in totum obtectae. Rictus ampli, infra oculos aperientes. Alae attenuatae, remigibus spuriis nullis. Cauda elongata, furcata, rectricibus duodecim. Pedes insidentes, digitis anticis aequaliter fissis, ad basin subconnexis. Bill very short, triangular, broader than high; upper mandible above slightly curved and carinated; lower mandible straight, both notched. Nostrils simple, basal, roundish, entirely concealed by thick-set incumbent feathers. Mouth large, opening beneath the eye. Wings pointed; spurious quills none. Tail elongated, forked, of twelve feathers. Feet formed for sitting; the fore-toes equally cleft and slightly connected at their base. Specific Character. P. corpore supra nigro flavo variegato; subtus albo, fasciis nigris transversis; mento flavo, capitis crista rufa nigro variegata, alis caudaque elongata furcata chalybeis, immaculatis. Above black varied with yellow; beneath white, with transverse black bands; chin yellow. Head crested, the feathers rufous, varied with black. Wings, and elongated forked tail raven-black, immaculate. For this beautiful and extraordinary bird I am indebted to Miss E. Yeates, of the Dingle near Liverpool, who received it from South America. Its general habit clearly points it out as belonging to the Baccavorae or Berryeaters, apparently connecting the genera Procnias and Pipra, where Temminck with much judgement has also placed it, in theshow more

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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236735528
  • 9781236735522