Goldsmith's History of the Earth and Animated Nature, Abridged: Containing the Natural History of Animals, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, & Insects. On the Plan Recommended by Miss Hannah More. For the Use of Schools, and Youth of Both Sexes

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Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, 1807 - 411

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Strona 263 - ... which are wonderful, and demand a distinct description. This enormous bill is fifteen inches from the point to the opening of the mouth, which is a good way back, behind the eyes. At the base, the bill is somewhat greenish, but varies towards the end, being of a reddish-blue.
Strona 68 - In classing carnivorous animals, we may place the lion foremost;* and immediately after him follows the tiger, which seems to partake of all the noxious qualities of the lion, without sharing any of his good ones. To pride, courage, and strength, the lion joins greatness, clemency, and generosity ; but the tiger is fierce without provocation, and cruel without necessity.
Strona 133 - Its head and nose are broad and flat ; the mouth bears some similitude to that of a fish ; the neck is short and equal in thickness to...
Strona 228 - The uppermost part of the tail feathers are of a pale yellow, and those under them white and longer than the former ; for which reason the hinder part of the tail appears to be all white. But what chiefly excites curiosity are...
Strona 244 - ... not seen in infinite numbers, and as frequent as butterflies in a summer's day, sporting in the fields of America, from flower to flower, and extracting their sweets with its little bill. The smallest humming-bird is about the size of a hazel-nut.
Strona 194 - ... extremity ; and the other part was of a jet black. A short down, of a brown colour, covered the head ; the eyes were black, and surrounded with a circle of reddish brown. The feathers on the breast, neck, and wings, were of a light brown ; those on the back were rather darker. Its thighs were covered with brown feathers to the knee. The...
Strona 73 - That with the muzzle of a dog is the most common, being about six inches in length, from the tip of the nose to the insertion of the tail.
Strona 234 - It is from their attachment to their native place, and particularly where they have brought up their young, that these birds are employed in several countries as the most expeditious carriers.
Strona 180 - ... flight. What we are called upon next to admire in the external formation of birds is, the neat position of the feathers, lying all one way, answering at once the purposes of warmth, speed, and security. They mostly tend backward, and are laid over one another in an exact and regular order, armed with warm and soft down next the body, and more strongly fortilied, and curiously closed externally, to fence off the injuries of the weather.
Strona 266 - ... and by the middle toe being toothed, or notched, like a saw, to assist it in holding its fishy prey. The head and neck of this bird are of a sooty blackness ; and the body thick and heavy, more inclining in figure to that of the goose than the gull.

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