Home and Foreign Birds: A Book for Young Children

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G. Routledge & Company, 1856 - Birds - 94 pages
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Page 46 - ... been wrapped, and she threw it past the old eagle over the steep rock. The great bird went swooping after it, just as she had hoped, thinking it fresh prey. On the instant she seized her baby, which was not much hurt, and carried it back over the rocks and safely home. The nest of the eagle is made of branches of trees, interwoven with smaller twigs, and lined with rushes. It lays three eggs of a dusky colour, spotted with green ; and it will attack anything or anybody in defence of its little...
Page 74 - The cockatoo, or crested parrot, is a native of Australia and the islands of the Indian Ocean. It is distinguished from the common parrot by having on its head a crest of long, pale yellow feathers, which it can erect or lower at pleasure. It has a short tail, and often repeats the word cock-a-too, whence it has its name. It loves damp and marshy spots, and delights to bathe frequently in the water. In confinement it is very partial to sweetmeats. It has been known to live 120 years. It is easily...
Page 87 - The eggs are taken and put into the half of a cocoanut-shell lined with cotton ; this is bound over a man's stomach and so the bird is hatched out. It is brought up tame and taken into the high rice, where it calls with an extraordinary sound, more like the bellow of a bull than the note of a bird. The wild males answer and bellow in return ; when they come near, the tame bird is let loose and runs through the thick rice till it meets its adversary ; both birds then fight and entangle each other...
Page 46 - ... birds is flying at the dead hare, while the other has its beak wide open, ready for a bit. I think the last is the best mannered of the two, for the greedy eaglet with its back turned has evidently not waited to be asked to sit down and have its dinner, as wellbehaved children should. The eagle is called the king of birds from its noble look, its lofty flight, and its great strength. It has been known to carry up in its talons even a sheep. The golden eagle is found in many parts of the world,...

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