Short Sketches Of The Wild Sports And Natural History Of The Highlands by Charles St. John

Short Sketches Of The Wild Sports And Natural History Of The Highlands

byCharles St. John

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1872. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIII. Peculiarities and Instinct of Different Animals. I Cannot conclude these hasty sketches without remarking lhat few people are aware of the numberless subjects of interest and observation to be found in the habits and structure of the commonest birds and animals, which pass before our eyes every day of our lives. How perfectly are all these adapted to their respective modes of living and feeding. In every garden and shrubbery the naturalist finds amusement in watching its living tenants. Look at the chaffinch, how it adapts the colour and even the shape of its nest to the spot in which it is placed, covering the outside with materials of the same colour as the bark of the tree in which it is. So do also all the other small birds. &gain, they line their nests with materials of the same colour as their eggs. The chaffinch lines it with wool and feathers mixed together, giving it a background of nearly the same hue as the shell of the eggs. The greenfinch lines it with light-coloured feathers, collected from the poultry-yard, as her eggs are nearly white. The yellowhammer has a greyish egg with stripy marks; she lines her nest with horsehair. The robin's eggs being of a reddish-brown, she makes use of dried grass and similar substances. The prevailing colour of the hedge-sparrow's nest is green, and her eggs are of a greenish-blue; and in the same manner all our common and unregarded birds adapt both the outside and the lining of their nests to the colour of the surrounding substances and that of their own eggs respectively. In the same manner they all have bills adapted to the food on which they live--the gTain-feeding birds having short, strong mandibles, while those of the insectivorous birds are longer and more slender, and as perfectly adapted f...

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Title:Short Sketches Of The Wild Sports And Natural History Of The HighlandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217874002

ISBN - 13:9780217874007

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