A Catalogue of the Birds in the Museum of the Hon. East-India Company, Volume 2

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W.H. Allen and Company, 1858 - Birds - 751 pages

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Page 745 - It was commenced on a thick spider's web, by attaching to it various fragments of paper, cloth, straw, grass, and other substances, till it had secured a firm hold of the...
Page 723 - I have seen it, though rarely," he adds, " below the ghats, also in thick forest jungle. It hunts, in general, in small parties of five or six ; is very active and restless, creeping round the horizontal branches chiefly, and seeming to prefer the under surface of the boughs, and also running downwards. It feeds on various small insects, which it picks off the bark, but does not tap like the common Nuthatch.
Page 567 - I have known it enter a covered verandah of a house, and nip off half a dozen young Geraniums ; visit a cage of small birds, begin by stealing the grain, and end by killing and eating the birds, and repeating these visits daily till destroyed.
Page 613 - ... others kept along the ground and dashed close by my face with the rapidity of thought, their brilliant plumage shining with an exquisite lustre in the sun-light. I waited on the spot till the evening closed, when I could hear, though no longer distinguish, the birds fighting for their perches, and on firing a shot they rose with a noise like the
Page 620 - ... by one leg to watch it fall : when it reached the ground he testified his satisfaction by a low chirp, and giving himself a vigorous swing caught the perch with his other foot, and walked gravely along to another capsule, not hoppmg, but placing one foot before the other ma most old-fashioned way.
Page 541 - Is very voracious and injurious to the crops of white jowaree,' in the fields of which the farmer is obliged to station numerous watchers, who, with slings and a long rope or thong, which they crack dexterously, making a loud report, endeavour to drive the depredators away. The moment the sun appears above the horizon they are on the wing, and at the same instant shouts, cries, and the cracking of the long whips resound from every side. The...
Page 587 - ... out her head. Here she must sit during her incubation, for if she breaks through the inclosure her life pays the forfeit ; but to compensate for the loss of freedom, her spirited mate is ever on the alert to gratify his dainty mistress, who compels him to bring all her viands unbroken, for if a fig or any fruit be injured she will not touch it.
Page 548 - The three last are repeated in a kind of caw, a very high refinement of the voices of a daw or a crow, yet possessing a striking resemblance.
Page 541 - ... the Rose-coloured Starlings with their broods to-day feeding in an open field, evidently on insects, as they were constantly in chase of them, flying." I never saw this bird so early as it was that year, and they arrived long before the jowaree was ripe. This grain when ripe, and before it is ripe, is their staple food. After it is cut and housed, I have observed them busily feeding on the flowers of the leafless Caper, a shrub very common in many parts of the Deccan, especially on the banks...
Page 749 - ... long time it would only take food from the hand, but afterwards, when food was given it, it dropped and shook its wings rapidly, as we see a hen partridge occasionally do. At first, its beak was short, straight, and sharp ; but as it grew, its form gradually changed to that of the adult...

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