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Title: The history of birds : their varieties and oddities, comprising graphic descriptions of nearly all known species of birds, with fishes and insects, the world over, and illustrating their varied habits, modes of life, and distinguishing peculiarities by means of delightful anecdotes and spirited engravings
Year: 1880 (1880s)
Authors: Bingley, William, 1774-1823
Subjects: Birds Zoology
Publisher: Philadelphia : Edgewood Publishing Co.
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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lbatross ; of which three are foundprincipally in the seas of hot climates, and the fourth is confined totliose within the Antarctic Circle. Their bill is straight: the ujipermanolible hooked at the point; and the lower truncated, or appearingas if cut off. The nostrils are oval, wide, prominent, and lateral; thetongue is very small ; and the feet have each three toes, all placed ward. THE WAXDKRIXG ALBATROSS, OB MANOF-WAR BIRD. In size these birds are sometimes as large as a Swan. Their genera.color is white, the upper parts are marked with black lines. The quill 390 THE WANDERING ALBATROSS. feathers are black; and tlie tail is ronndecl, and of a lead color. Thebill is of a pale yellow, and the legs are flesh-colored. These birds are found in most seas, but chiefly in those within theTropics: they are, however, often seen about the Cape of Good Hope;and, towards the end of July, they collect in great numbers in Kamt-schatka, and the seas which separate that part of Asia from America.
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Its powers of fllfjht are exceeding^ great; h ts a?moet constantly on>the wing, and is equilly at ease during the stillest calm, or iying withmeteor-like swiftness before the most fnrions gale. They are exceedingly vonicioips, and feed an variows species of fishaad raolluscse. The shoals of flying-fishy whei> ])ersecnted by theirenemies of the deep, make their a]^|K>alancc for a sf)ort flight in theair^ and suffer greatly from the voi-acity of these birds. They alsooften pursue the shmils of salmon iiitt> tine unsMitlis- of large rivers^ and THE PEUCAN TRIBE IN GENERAL. 391 po ffort^e themselves as, notwithstanding their otherwise extraordinarypoweis of flight, to be prevented by their weight and consequentetupidity even from rising. In the West Indies the appearance of these birds is sa,id to foretellthe arrival of ships; this indeed is sometimes true, and arises from avery natural cause. They always fiah in fine weather; so that whenthe wind is boisterous out at se;a, th
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