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tach Species; the Marks of Cock and Hen; the Time and Manner of Building their Nefts; the Number, Colour, &c. of their Eggs; bow to order and bring up the Young ; end whatever else is either pleasant or necesary to be knovin concerning them.
And to render it still more useful and entertain- . ing, there are added the Figures of the Cock, Heil, and Egg of each Sørt, exactly copied from Nature This last very pleasant, and suitable Addition, which is universally delightful to all Persons, is wanting in the Books that have been hitherto published on this Subje&t: Besides these, the Reader will find some Observations not to be met with in any Author. do not say this to undervalue any athir Man's Work; no, there are fime good Performances of this Kind extant; and to wbich I own myself in lone few Particulars a Debtor; and bad i bey exhibited the Figures of the Birds, &c. as is bere done, it would bave anticipated my Design.
I skall observe nothing more concerning what has been done by others; and as to this Treatise, only wish that my Readers may receive the Satisfaction that was intended by the sincere Endeavours of their
Most Humble Servant,
A Lover of Birds.
The Description and Chara&ter of the
HIS is a Bird well known, beT
ing common in most, if not all the Counties in England ; there
fore needs not a particular Description. He is the largest Song-Bird that I know of, found in this Kingdom; and likewise one of the first that proclaims the welcome Spring, by his Thrill harmonious Voice, as if he were the Harbinger of Nature, to awaken the rest of the feathered Tribe to prepare for the approaching Sea
fon: And by the sweet Modulation of his tuneful Accents, endeavours to delight the Hen, and allure her to submit to his Embraces, even before there are Leaves on the Trees, and whilst the Frosts are in the Fields; building their Nest the foonest of any Bird ; having young Ones, commonly by the twenty-fifth of March, and sometimes by the Middle of that Month.
The Cock, when kept in a Cage. whistles and sings very delightfully all the Spring and Summer-Time : at least four or five Months in the Year; is a stout, hardy Bird ; which, besides his own pleasant natural Note, may be taught to whistle, or play a Tune.
The Black-Bird, when wild in the Fields, feeds promiscuously upon Berries and Insects : 'Tis a sclitary Bird, that for the most Part flies singly.
The distinguishing Marks of the Cock
HEY are not easily known by their
Colour while young, but the blackest Bird generally proves a Cock : The Irides, or Circle, that circumvests the Eye in the young Cock Bird, is yellow; his Bill is black, and turns not perfectly yellow till he is near a Year old: The Bill of an old