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British birds (1921) (14732324886)


British birds (1921) (14732324886)



Identifier: britishbirds00huds (find matches)
Title: British birds
Year: 1921 (1920s)
Authors: Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 Beddard, Frank E. (Frank Evers), 1858-1925
Subjects: Birds -- Great Britain
Publisher: London, New York (etc.) Longmans, Green, and co.
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library

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to seein the dim light beneath the surface, must be very sensitive to theglare above. The dippers song is short but brilliant, and very much like thatof the wren in character; it is heard most frequently in the loveseason, and occasionally in autumn and in winter, when the sunshines, even during very cold weather. The nest is made among the rocks, usually in a crevice, and isvery large for the size of the bird, being sometimes a foot across,and is globular in form, with a small opening near the top. It iscomposed principally of moss, loosely felted, the inside lined withdry grass, fine rootlets, and dead leaves. Four to six eggs are laid,pure white, and unspotted. The dipper is most common in mountainous districts in Scotland,Ireland, and Wales, and is found in suitable localities in England. The black-billed dipper (Cinclus melanogaster), the Scandinavianand North Russian form of Cinclus aquaticus, has been met withon two or three occasions as a straggler to the east coast ofEngland.
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PLATE IV. BEARDED TITMOUSE, ^nat. sizK. 3EABDED TITMOUSE 89 Bearded Titmouse.Panunis biamicus. Head blmsh grey; between tlie bill and eye a tuft of pendentblack feathers, prolonged into a pointed moustache; throat and neckgreyish white ; breast and belly white tinged with yellow and pink;upper parts hght orange-brown; wings variegated with black, whiteand red ; tail very long, orange-brown, the outer feathers variegatedwith black and white. Female: the moustache the same colouras the cheek; the grey on the head absent. Length, six inches anda half. This bird, although by name a tit, and placed next to the titmiceby many naturalists in their systems, differs widely from thosebirds in some points. The question of its true position amongpasserine birds has, indeed, been a subject of controversy for a longtime past, and is not yet settled. Some writers would have it thatit comes nearest to the shrikes; others, that it is most closely relatedto the buntings; and still others place it next





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