An Illustrated Manual of British Birds

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Gurney and Jackson, 1899 - Всего страниц: 776
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Стр. xxxi - Bill shorter than the head, thick at the base, subcultrated, compressed ; the culmen gradually deflecting from the forehead to the point of the bill ; lateral furrow of the upper mandible broad, and occupying more than half its length ; angle of the under mandible bending upwards ; both mandibles of an equal length. Nostrils concave, lateral, linear-ovoid, pierced in a membrane occupying the mandibular furrow in the middle of the bilL Wings armed with a spine, and having the second and third quill...
Стр. 246 - It is near six inches in length from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail, the former being about half an inch, and the latter two inches and a half.
Стр. iii - AN ILLUSTRATED MANUAL OF BRITISH BIRDS. By HOWARD SAUNDERS, FLS. FZS, &c. Editor of the Third and Fourth Volumes of " Yarrell's History of British Birds,
Стр. xl - The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is about four feet in length from the point of the bill to the end of the tail, and nearly six feet across the wings.
Стр. xxxiii - Lapwing, a, spring plumage ; b, winter plumage. Vanellus. (Briss.) Generic Character. — Bill shorter than the head, straight, slightly compressed, the points of both mandibles horny and hard. Nasal groove wide, and reaching as far as the horny tip. Nostrils basal, linear, pierced in the membrane of the nasal groove. Legs slender, with the lower part of the tibiae naked. Feet four-toed ; three before and one behind, united at the base by a membrane ; hind toe very short, articulated upon the tarsus.
Стр. xxx - Feet having the three anterior toes united by a membrane as far as the first joint, and the hind toe articulated upon the tarsus, which in the male birds is furnished with a horny cone-shaped sharp spur.
Стр. vi - KNUBLEY, appointed for the purpose of making a Digest of the Observations on the Migrations of Birds at Lighthouses and Lightvessels, 1880-1887.
Стр. 558 - At one time snipe were commonly taken in " panties " made of twisted horsehair. These were set about three inches from the ground, and snipe and teal were mostly taken in them. In preparing the snares the fowler trampled a strip of oozy ground, until, in the darkness, it had the appearance of a narrow...
Стр. xxxix - Latham\. — Bill of moderate length, straight, hard, slightly compressed, pointed, forming an elongated cone. Nostrils lateral, concave, oblong, open in front,' and perforate, closed behind by a membrane. Legs and feet long, attached behind the centre of gravity ; tarsi very much compressed ; three toes in front, one behind ; anterior toes very much flattened, united at the base, surrounded by a lobated membrane ; hind toe also flattened, articulated on the inner surface of the tarsus ; claws large,...
Стр. 59 - It is known to breed in nearly all the southern counties from Cornwall to Kent inclusive, especially in Hampshire (and the Isle of Wight), Surrey and Sussex ; sparingly in the valley of the Thames, and perhaps in some of the Midland counties ; while it has been observed in Cambridgeshire and undoubtedly nests in Suffolk and Norfolk.

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