To The River Plate And Back; The Narrative Of A Scientific Mission To South America

Paperback | May 17, 2012

byWilliam Jacob Holland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...The glossy ibis has another remarkable habit when on the wing. At times the flock appears as if suddenly seized with frenzy of panic, every bird rushing wildly away from its fellows, and descending with a violent zigzag flight; in a few moments the mad fit leaves them, they rise again, reassemble in the air, and resume their journey. Everywhere the "Teru-Teru" or spur-winged lapwing (Belenopterus cayennensis) was to be seen. This is one of the characteristic birds of the fiatlands. It is somewhat larger than the European lapwing, the "Kibitz" of Germany (Vanellus cristaius), with which all who have traveled in the low-countries are familiar, and the eggs of which, marketed in London as "plovers' eggs," are esteemed a great delicacy. In its appearance and carriage it closely resembles the European lapwing, but the presence on the shoulder of a spur at once marks it as being a bird, which, like the screamer, has preserved in this organ a trace of relationship to the birds of a former age. The name "Teru-Teru," like the German "Kibitz," is a name bestowed by the natives in imitation of the call. Hudson says: "In size, beauty, and spirit it is a king among the plovers." It is said to be exceedingly tenacious of the spot upon which it has made its breeding-place and range. It there defends itself as well as it can against intrusion and attack, and even when the land is plowed up by the farmer refuses to forsake it. There is a great deal of interesting information about this bird embodied in literature, and many curious tales are told about it by the people of the country who are familiar with its ways. A little while before reaching our destination I was pleased to observe a number of rheas with rapid s...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...The glossy ibis has another remarkable habit when on the wing. At times the flock appears as if suddenly seized with frenzy of p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021764564X

ISBN - 13:9780217645645

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