Fancy pigeons

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Page 280 - The full-grown condor measures, from the point of the beak to the end of the tail, from...
Page 274 - ' so called because they can, and usually do, by attracting the air, blow up their crops to that strange bigness, that they exceed the bulk of the whole body beside ; and which, as they fly, and while they make that murmuring noise, swell their throats to a great bigness, and the bigger, the better and more generous they are esteemed.
Page 103 - Bunts which most deserves the notice of speculative naturalists is their extreme antiquity. The notices of them in Pliny and other nearly contemporary writers are but modern records, for Dr. Buckland enumerates the bones of the pigeon among the remains in the cave at Kirkdale, and figures a bone which, he says, approaches closely to the Spanish Runt, which is one of the largest of the pigeon tribe. Ever since the classic period, these birds have been celebrated among the poultry produce of the shores...
Page 197 - Jacobines, called by the Low Dutch Cappers, because, on the hinder part of the head or nape of the neck, certain feathers reflected upward encompass the head behind, almost after the fashion of a monk's hood when he puts it back to uncover his head.
Page 189 - Calcutta the fantail is the commonest variety found for sale, and I think I am well within the mark in saying that...
Page 209 - They have a very short thick bill, like a Bullfinch ; the crown of their head is flat and depressed ; the feathers on the breast reflected both ways. They are about the bigness of the Jacobines, or a little bigger.
Page 116 - I take these to be those, which the fore-mentioned Hollander told Aldrovandu-s, that his countrymen called Draiiers. These do not only shake their wings as they fly, but also flying round about in a ring, especially over their females, clap them so strongly, that they make a greater sound than two battledores or other boards struck one against another. Whence it comes to pass, that their quill-feathers are almost always broken and shattered ; and sometimes so bad, that they cannot fly.
Page 131 - Moore, nearly seventy years ago, " is about the size of a middling runt, and much of the same mate, and I am informed has a very bright pearl eye, almost white. As for its feather, it is red mottled, and some tell me they have seen blues. They are said to come from the Holy Land, near Jerusalem. When the cock plays to his hen he has a hoarse coo, not unlike the gurgling of a bottle of water when poured out, and then makes a noise which very much imitates a soft laughter, and from thence this bird...
Page 189 - Broad tail'd Shakers — called Shakers because they do almost constantly shake or wag their heads up and down. Broad tailed from the great number of feathers they have in their tails, and when they walk up and down they do for the most part hold their tails erect like a hen or Turkey Cock.
Page 21 - La colombe, messagère plus rapide que l'éclair, plus prompte que la nue par Michel Sabbagh.

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