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Birds of La Plata Volume 1 William Henry Hudson

Birds of La Plata Volume 1

William Henry Hudson

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230258638
62 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... PATAGONIAN EARTH-CREEPER Upucerthia dumetoria Above earthy brown- long superciliary stripe pale ochraceous- wings blackish, with a broad transverse cinnamon bar- tail blackish, lateral rectrices tipped with pale cinnamon- beneath dirty white, clear white on the throat and middle of the belly- breast feathers margined with blackish- under wing-coverts pale cinnamon- bill dark horn-colour, pale at the base- feet horn-colour- length 9 inches. These birds are common in Patagonia, being resident there- some individuals, however, migrate north in winter, and I once obtained a pair, male and female, near Buenos Ayres city in the month of June. Their legs are short, but on the ground their movements are very rapid, and, like the Miner (Geositta) already described, they fly reluctantly, preferring to run rapidly from a person walking or riding, and at such times they look curiously like a pigmy Curlew with an extravagantly long beak. They are active, lively birds, and live in pairs, sometimes uniting in small, loose flocks- they are partial to places where scattered bushes grow on a dry, sterile soil, and have a swift, low flight- when flying they frequently utter a shrill, trilling, or rapidly reiterated note, in sound resembling laughter. In manners, flight, language, and colouring this bird closely resembles the smaller short-beaked Geositta cunicularia, and like that species it also breeds in deep holes in banks- but I am not able to say whether it excavates the breeding-hole or takes possession of one already made. Durnford found it breeding in a hole four feet deep in the bank of a dry lagoon. The nest was of dry grass and lined with the fur of the cavy. It contained three white eggs. BROWN CINCLODES Cinclodes fuscus Above dark earthy...