The birds of America Volume 2

 
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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. 1841 Excerpt: ...and a spot of white on the inner web. The lower parts are greyishwhite, tinged with sienna, the sides inclining to yellowish-red. The lower tail-coverts are barred with brownish-black. Length to end of tail 6 inches, wing from flexure Z; tail 2i; bill along the ridge.Jj; tarsus-f; hind toe T45, its claw-fi; middle toe &, its claw f£. Smilacina Bobealis, Putsch, Flor. Amer. Sept., vol. i. p. 233.--Hexandbia Monooynia, Linn. Leaves elliptico-obovate, ciliated; the scape pubescent, with a corymbose umbel. The flowers are large, and of a greenish-yellow cojour; the fruit roundish, of a beautiful deep blue. It is extremely abundant in the dark woods of Maine, growing in moist places. GREAT CAROLINA WREN. Troglodytes Ludovicianus, Bonap. PLATE CXVII Male And Female. The flight of this bird is performed by short flappings of the wings, the concave under surfaces of which occasion a low rustling, as it moves to the distance of a few steps only at each start. It is accompanied by violent jerks of the tail and body, and is by no means graceful. In this manner the Carolina Wren moves from one fence-rail to another, from log to log, up and down among the low branches of bushes, piles of wood, and decayed roots of prostrate trees, or between the stalks of canes. Its tail is almost constantly erect, and before it starts to make the least flight or leap, it uses a quick motion, which brings its body almost into contact with the object on which it stands, and then springs from its legs. All this is accompanied with a strong chirr-up, uttered as if the bird were in an angry mood, and repeated at short intervals. The quickness of the motions of this active little bird is fully equal to that of the mouse. Like the latter, it appears and is out of sight in a moment, p...

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