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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: ... darting itself down from the high rocks into or towards the water. Hence it has been identified with the gannet, the gull, and the cormorant. Some species of cormorant are doublless found on the coast of Palestine, but none of them rush flying npon their prey, as the indica tions seem to require. The gannet, or solan goose, which recent writers seem to prefer, darts from great elevations into the sea to catch its prey, sometimes rising to the surface half a minute after the plunge. But this bird does not appear to have been noticed in the Mediterranean; it is not in Russell's list of Ihe birds of Syria, and is not known to come more southward than the British Channel. Cuvier considers Gesner to be right in regarding this bird as a gull. In a matter 60 doubtful it may be as well to accept this conclusion as to offer any other--especially as the common gull, or sea-mew (Lams camis) is so well known on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean as to have acquired an Arabic name--that of Duikelij.--' Great owl.' tpBJJ yanshuph, Sept. rySu.--The sacred bird, so celebrated in ancient story--the Ibis reliyiosa of Cnvier--is by some supposed to be the bird intended. This bird was embalmed by the Egyptians; and specimens have been preserved in a state of such perfection that not only the skeleton but the feathers might be studied, in order to ascertain its identity with the living animal. It is about the size of a common fowl. While young, the neck is partially covered with down, or minute feathers, which fall off when the plumage is complete. The major part of its feathers are of a clear and spotless white. The head, bill, neck, and legs are of a deep black; as are also the tips of the quill-feathers, with a violet reflection. The last four secondaries are of the sam...
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