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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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he spirit andvigor displayed by it whenhooked afford fine sport. Itis peculiarly apt at breakingthe line, a feat sometimesaccomplished by a violentblow of the tail, and some-times by contriving to twisttlie line round a root or post, and giving a sudden jerk. It feeds principally on larvae and molluscs, inhabiting the banks, andobtains them by rooting in the sand with its snout. The Barbels, orbeards, hanging from the upper jaw doubtless assist in these investiga-tions. It frequently grows to a very great size, weighing from fifteentO eighteen pounds, and measuring upwards of three feet in length,^any are captured by nets during the summer, at which season theyfrequent the weedy parts of the river in shoals; but in winter theyft-tire to the shelter afforded by banks and old woodwork. Severalg-Dod swimmers have been known to dive after the Barbel, as they laypressed against the banks, and to bring up one each time, not unfre-quently appearing with two, one in each hand. THE DEVIL FISH.
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rac DETiL vitu. The Sea Devil, or Fishing Frog,is an inhabitant of the British^ieas. It grows to a large size,some being between four and fivefeet long. The fishermen on thatcoast have a great regard for thisfish, from a supposition that it is agreat enemy to the Dog-fish; andwhenever they take it with theirlines, set it at liberty. It is a fishof very great deformity; the headis much bigger than the wholebody; is round at the circumfer-ence, and flat above, the mouthof a prodigious wideness. THE BLENNIES- -FATHER LASHER, ETC. 469 THE BLENNliS. The species of this genusare small, live in shoals, butnot in great numbers: theyare very active and tenaciousof life, and frequent rockycoasts, where they may oftenbe found in the pools ofwater left by the tide, hidingthemselves among the weeds,and in the crevices of therocks.
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