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The Birds of America Volume 3-4; From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories
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Publisher:Rarebooksclub.com
Publication Date:2012-05-21
ISBN-10:1236420276
ISBN-13:9781236420275
Number of Pages:216 Pages
Book Type:Paperback
Weight:394 gram
Books Dimensions:246 x 189 x 12 mm
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The Birds of America Volume 3-4; From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories


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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. 1861 Excerpt: ...with ponds or marshy places, retiring towards evening to the salt marshes, where they roost in immense flocks amid the tall marsh grass (Spartina glabra), from which their cries are heard until darkness comes on. The food of this species consists principally of those small crabs called "fiddlers," of which millions are found along the margins of the rivers and mud-flats, as well as of large insects of all kinds, ground-worms, and seeds, especially grain. They frequently seize on shrimps, and other aquatic animals of a similar nature, that have been detained at low water on the banks of racoon oysters, a kind of shell-fish so named under the idea that they are eaten by the racoon. In autumn, while the rice is yet in the stack, they commit considerable mischief by feeding on the grain, although not so much as when it is in a juicy state, when the planters are obliged to employ persons to chase them from the fields. About the beginning of February, the males have already mated, and many begin their nests at this early season. It is then that you ought to see the Boat-tailed Gralde, for at that period its plumage displays the richest gloss, and its tail, which, after the breeding season, is no longer navicular, is deeply incurved towards the centre. Proud of his elegant form and splendid plumage, he alights on the topmost branch of some evergreen oak, droops his wings and tail, swells his breast, and glitters in the bright rays of the sun, which call forth all the variations of tint for which his silken plumes are remarkable, and pours forth his loud though not always agreeable song. He watches his rivals as they pass, pursues them with ardent courage, returns to his stand exulting, and again pours forth his song. No sooner has he make himself sure of...

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