Descriptions and Habits of Some of the Birds of Yucatan

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Page 464 - ... idols ; sometimes the blood only was offered, and sometimes the whole body. The bird there alluded to is undoubtedly the Ortyx nigrogularis, as this is the only bird called Codorniz or Quail * * Of the genus Ortyx, one species was obtained, which, as far as plumage and size go, is undescribed; but it has the same note, habits, &c., as our quail or partridge. It is smaller ; the throat of the male is jet black, and most of the markings are different, though having a general resemblance to the...
Page 465 - Ckibeloupe, from its note, (which is very musical.) This bird is larger than the O. nigrogularis, being about the size of O. Virginiana ; but in markings it is very similar. It is much more difficult to procure, both on account of rarity and habits, than O. nigrogularis, which is another reason for presuming that it could not be the bird spoken of as the one used in immense numbers, for various kinds of sacrifices, and as food, by the Indians, at the time of the conquest, under the appellation of...
Page 467 - ... particularly every ornithologist, can picture to himself, better than I can describe, the delight which I felt at procuring so valuable a prize. The next day, at the same hour, namely, midday, I was at the same spot, and for the same purpose ; and, listening to the different notes of the birds above, 1 heard the same sound repeated which I had been listening to the day before. I determined that I would, if possible, find out from what sort of throat it proceeded, and, for that purpose, changed...
Page 466 - Chibeloupe, (a female) though I heard them several times, in the thick, tangled, and impenetrable underwood. dried skin, do not agree exactly with mine. I did not measure any male so short as 8 inches, as given by Gould ; the shortest was 8 inches ; and I measured some of as much as 8 inches in length. The female is from 8 to 8| inches long; tarsus, l inches long; middle toe, If inches; tail, 2^ to 2J inches, consists of 12 feathers, rounded; bill...
Page 463 - ... beautiful carmine, or bright cherry-red color ; not continuous, but embracing less ,than one fourth the preceding whorl, across which space passes a callus of the same red color. Diameter 2 inches ; height 1 inch. This superb species is a little larger than any one hitherto described. The C.
Page 466 - ... black; top of head, back of neck, back, rump, upper tail coverts, dark brown, with buff, reddish brown, and black, intermixed; edges of wing coverts, very light buff, almost white ; throat, chin, line extending across the forehead, and between the bill and eyes to cheek, line over eyes, along superciliary ridges to nape, deep buff or yellowish brown ; feathers of breast, flanks, and belly, not fringed with black, as in the male, but having light reddish color at the part next the quill, then...
Page 465 - ... a young male among my specimens, which has lightcolored feathers among the black of the throat ; this specimen was killed in the latter part of the month of December, at which time I killed a great number, with more or less light color on their throats. The Maya or Indian name of this bird is Beck, the e pronounced with a guttural sound. The dimensions given by Mr. Gould, being taken from a * There is another species of Ortyx found in the country, which is called Ckibeloupe, from its note, (which...

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