Indian zoology

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Printed by H. Hughs, for R. Faulder, 1790 - Nature - 161 pages
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Page 45 - It is an error to say that nature has denied melody to the birds of hot climates, and formed them only to please the eye with their gaudy plumage. Ceylon abounds with birds equal in song to those of Europe, which warble among the leaves of trees, grotesque in their appearance, and often laden with the most delicious and salubrious fruit.
Page 45 - ... climates, and formed them only to pleafe the eye with their gaudy plumage : Ceylon abounds with birds equal in fong * to thofe of Europe, which warble among the leaves of trees, grotefque in their appearance, and often loaden with the moft delicious and falubrious fruit. Birds of the richeft...
Page 45 - Each aims at the same end, though by different means ; some form their pensile nest in shape of a purse, deep and open at top ; others with a hole in the side ; and others, still more cautious, with an entrance at the...
Page 41 - Java, having dropped down dead in one of thofe hot days _that are known only in the torrid zone, when the fowls of the air often perifh, unable to refpire ; when lions, leopards, and wolves, immerge themfelves up to their noftrils in the water to preferve themfelves from the fcorching fun * ; and when even men themfelves have been forced to afcend the higheft trees, in order to draw in a more temperate air f.
Page 46 - ... to safety by fixing it to the leaf itself It picks up a dead leaf, and, surprising to relate, sews it to the side of a living one, its slender bill being its needle, and its thread some fine fibres, the lining feathers...
Page 44 - They are conscious of inhabiting a climate replete with enemies to them and their young ; with snakes that twine up the bodies of the trees, and apes that are perpetually in search of prey ; but, heaven-instructed, they elude the gliding of the one, and the activity of the other.
Page 44 - TAYJ.ORBIRD. fay that nature hath denied melody to the birds of hot climates, and formed them only to pleafe the eye with their gaudy plumage : Ceylon abounds with birds equal in fong * to thofe of Europe, which warble among the leaves of trees...
Page 46 - ... open at top ; others with a hole in the fide ; and others, ftill more cautious, with an entrance at the very bottom, forming their lodge near the fummit. But the...
Page 44 - Europe ., but there the leiTer fpecies, having a certain prefcience of the dangers that furround them, and of their own weaknefs, fufpend their nefts at the extreme branches of the trees...
Page 45 - ... peacocks complete the charms of the scene, spreading their plumes to a sun that has ample powers to do them justice. The landscape, in many parts of India, corresponds with the beauties of the animate creation : the mountains are lofty, steep, and broken, but clothed with forests, enlivened with cataracts of a grandeur and figure unknown to this part of the globe.

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