Pigeons: Their Structure, Varieties, Habits, and Management, Volume 25

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Page 36 - Then the number and position of the tail-feathers may vary enormously, and so may the number of the primary and secondary feathers of the wings. Again, the length of the feet and of the beak, — although they have no relation to each other, yet appear to go together, — that is, you have a long beak wherever you have long feet. There are differences also in the periods of the acquirement of the perfect plumage, — the size and shape of the eggs, — the nature of flight, and the powers of flight,...
Page 28 - ... livia), including under this term several geographical races or sub-species, which differ from each other in the most trifling respects. As several of the reasons which have led me to this belief are in some degree applicable in other cases, I will here briefly give them.
Page 173 - Main ? it is clean footed and legg'd and always black, or blue pied. When it is salacious, it rises over its Hen and turns round three or four Times, flapping its Wings, then reverses and turns as many the other Way.
Page 32 - On a new Variety in the Breed of Sheep," giving an account of a very remarkable breed of sheep, which at one time was well known in the northern states of America, and which went by the name of the Ancon or the Otter breed of sheep. In the year 1791, there was a farmer of the name of Seth Wright in Massachusetts, who had a flock of sheep, consisting of a ram and, I think, of some twelve or thirteen ewes. Of this flock of -ewes, one at the breeding-time bore a lamb which was very singularly formed...
Page 33 - Marie ; she had five fingers and five toes, but her thumbs were deformed, showing a tendency towards the sixth. These children grew up, and when they came to adult years, they all married, and of course it happened that they all married five-fingered and five-toed persons. Now let us see what were the results. Salvator had four children ; they were two boys, a girl, and another boy : the first two boys and the girl were six-fingered and six-toed like their grandfather ; the fourth boy had only five...
Page 44 - ... gives them a chance of being fed by other pigeons as well as their parents, which frequently happens. " In every nest there should be placed a straw basket or earthen pan that has not been glazed, which prevents the straw from slipping about.
Page 33 - George had only four children ; there were two girls with six fingers and six toes ; there was one girl with six fingers and five toes on the right side, and five fingers and five toes on the left side, so that she was half-and-half.
Page 184 - ... shall, on conviction thereof before a justice of the peace, forfeit and pay, over and above the value of the...
Page 12 - I have seen the cock paroquet regularly feed the hen, by first filling his own crop, and then supplying her from his beak. Parrots, macaws, cockatoos, &c., when they are very fond of the person who feeds them, may likewise be observed to have the action of throwing up the food and often do it.
Page 32 - Gratio Kelleia, the Maltese, married when he was twenty-two years of age, and, as I suppose there were no six-fingered ladies in Malta, he married an ordinary five-fingered person. The result of that marriage was four children; the first, who was christened Salvator, had six fingers and six toes, like his father; the second was George, who had five fingers and toes, but one of them was deformed, showing a tendency to variation; the third was Andre...

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