On the Ornithology of the South of Devon

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Page 32 - Fam. 2. — PRESSIROSTRES. Gen.— THE BUSTARDS. Sp. 119. — GREAT BUSTARD. — Otis tarda. (Lin.J Now become very scarce ; Montagu states that a specimen was shot near Plymouth in the winter of 1798, and two others, the following year; in 1804 another was taken to Plymouth market. Sp. 120. — LITTLE BUSTARD, /Otis tetrax. (Lin.) \Tetrax campestris. (Leach.) Very rare ; Montagu speaks of one shot in December, 1804, and taken to Plymouth market, where it was sold as a Heath Fowl. He saw one in a...
Page 19 - I have seen the old birds feeding their young on the 2Oth of September, 1828, at Warleigh; and have been assured, by a good observer, that martins have frequently been seen flying during mild weather even in the Christmas week, at Plympton. These birds build in the hollows of the rocks under Wembury Cliffs, as well as about the houses in this neighbourhood.
Page 30 - ... between the Pheasant and Heath Grous, have been attempted, unsuccessfully, to be produced by the late Lord Carnarvon, according to Montagu; that such does, however, occur in nature, is now verified, since in this year (Sept. 1829,) one of this kind has been shot at Whidey, by the Rev. Mr. Morshead. A male Pheasant, female Grous, and one young., had been observed for some time in company ; Mr. M. shot the Pheasant, and in a few days the young one, but the Grous escaped : — the young bird bears...
Page 33 - Common ; remains with us all the year. A brood of six was obtained on the banks of the Tamar, in 1827; and two young were found on Roborough down, in 1829, and are now in possession of Mr. J. Whipple, of Plymouth. Great numbers are sold in Plymouth market, in winter. EM Sp. 123. — THE DOTTREL, /Charadrius morinellus. (Lin.J or Little Plover, \ Rare ; frequents the moors in April and June, aud again in September and November, but it is not known if it breeds in this district. Several were seen on...
Page 28 - ... have been found in Devonshire, though some doubts have been started on the subject. (See Montagu Orn. Diet.) Sp. 106. — GREEN WOODPECKER. — Picus viridis. (Lin.} Common all the year ; frequently brought to market. EM Sp. 107. — GREATER SPOTTEDWOODPECKER. — Picus major. L. Rather rare; Cuvier and Temminck have still described this and the P. medius of Linneus, as distinct ; there is no doubt, however, but they are the -same, as the nest of P. major was obtained by Lord Stanley, and the...
Page 18 - Lark, (.Alauda minor, (dm.) Montagu declares the Pipit to be no other than the common Tit-Lark, in its winter plumage— (Vide Orn. Diet. Sup. and Appendix;) if so, it is found here — but Temminck considers them distinct, from a difference in the claw of the back toe, which in this is shorter than the toe, and curved to a quarter of a circle ; whereas in the Tit-Lark, it is longer and slightly arched— he considers it the Field Lark of Latham, sp. 6. Sp. 58.— TIT-LARK, rAnthus pratensis.
Page 31 - Columba tenas. (Lm.J or Wild Dove, ( Rather rare ; appears in the south of England in flocks in winter. All attempts to domesticate these birds have failed; it was supposed that all the varieties of the Domestic Pigeon were derived from this bird, which by Montagu and others is considered to be the same as the C. livia, or Rock Dove ; but Cuvier and Temminck consider them as distinct. Sp. 117. — ROCK DOVE, $ Columba livia.
Page 36 - Lot. or Red-billed Heron. ( This bird is marked by Cuvier as the young of the A. cerulea. A specimen was shot near Kingsbridge, in October, 1805, which was described by Montagu, and is now in the British Museum, where it was examined by Temminck, who ackuowledges it to be the Little White Heron, but does not doubt that it had escaped from some menagerie, as it is not understood to be even a European bird. (Manuel d'Ornithologie, ed. 2, p. 565.) Subg. — (The Bitterns.) Sp. 135. — GREAT BITTERN....
Page 44 - Zapornia uiinuta. {Leach.) Dwarf Rail I Very rare ; only one specimen known, and that obtained by Dr. Tucker, near Ashburton, 1809. (See Montagu Orn. Diet. Supplement.) Sp. 169. — OLIVACEOUS GALLINULE $ Gallinula Foljambii. M. Olivaceous Crake. ( Ortygometra olivacea. Steph. I do not observe that Cuvier has mentioned this bird ; it was first described by Montagu, from a specimen in the collection of Mr. Foljambe; another was obtained by Mr. Plastead, on the Thames, 1812; and a third is now in possession...
Page 6 - Falcon • barbarus. ^Yearling Falcon The Peregrine and Barbary Falcons are the common Falcons in different states of moult, ( Cuvier Regne Animal, ed. 1829, p. 320.) Dr. Shaw and Montagu have considered the Lanner a variety of this bird ; but Cuvier observes that it is distinct, and that it approaches the character of his genus, Hiero-falco (Jer-falcon.) Temminck also considers the true Lanner of Linneus to be a distinct species, (Manuel cFOrnithologie, ed.

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