Bechstein's Handbook of chamber and cage birds [tr. by W.E. Shuckard] ed. by H.G. Adams


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Σελίδα 122 - How nimbly doth that little lark mount up, singing towards heaven in a right line ! whereas the hawk, which is stronger of body and swifter of wing, towers up by many gradual compasses to his highest pitch. That bulk of body and length of wing hinders a direct ascent, and requires the help both of air and scope to advance his flight; while that small bird cuts the air without resistance...
Σελίδα 8 - that the notes of soft-billed birds are finely toned, mellow, and plaintive ; those of the hard-billed species sprightly, cheerful, and rapid. This difference proceeds from the construction of the larynx : as a large pipe of an organ produces a deeper and more mellow-toned note than a small pipe, so the trachea of the Nightingale, which is wider than that of the Canary, sends forth a deeper and more mellow-toned note.
Σελίδα 67 - ... brought up by a person, who, by care and attention, so completely tames them, that they become perfectly docile and obedient. At the expiration of about a couple of months, they first begin to whistle, from which time their education begins; and no school can be more diligently superintended by its master, and no scholars more effectually trained to their own calling, than a seminary of Bullfinches. They are formed first into classes of about six in each, — and after having been kept a longer...
Σελίδα 122 - ... while the good affections of plain and simple souls raise them up immediately to the fruition of God. Why should we be proud of that, which may, slacken our way to glory ? Why should we be disheartened with the small measure of that, the very want whereof may (as the heart may be affected) facilitate our way to happiness ? 36.
Σελίδα 121 - Up springs the lark, Shrill-voiced, and loud, the messenger of morn ; Ere yet the shadows fly, he mounted sings Amid the dawning clouds, and from their haunts Calls up the tuneful nations.
Σελίδα 57 - How beautiful his plumes! his red-ringed head; His breast of brown ; and see him stretch his wing, — A fairy fan of golden spokes it seems. Oft on the thistle's tuft he, nibbling, sits, Light as the down ; then, 'mid a flight of downs, He wings his way, piping his shrillest call.
Σελίδα 57 - The goldfinch weaves, with willow down inlaid, And cannach tufts, his wonderful abode. Sometimes, suspended at the limber end Of plane-tree spray, among the broad-leaved shoots, The tiny hammock swings to every gale ; Sometimes in closest thickets 'tis conceal'd ; Sometimes in hedge luxuriant, where the brier, The bramble, and the crooked plum-tree branch, Warp through the thorn, surmounted by the flowers Of climbing vetch, and honeysuckle wild, All undefaced by Art's deforming hand.
Σελίδα 19 - ... cured, when the general remedies are not suitable to their nature. 1. THE PIP. — This is properly a cold, in which the upper skin of the tongue becomes hardened by fever, and the orifices of the nose are stopped. In large birds, therefore...
Σελίδα 83 - Teach us, sprite or bird, What sweet thoughts are thine : I have never heard Praise of love or wine That panted forth a flood of rapture so divine.
Σελίδα 22 - If this evil have not yet too severely affected the health of the bird, it may be sought to be remedied by puncturing the gland, compressing it frequently, bathing the bird with a syringe, and plucking out some of the feathers of the tail. The accumulated fat is absorbed in the renewal of the feathers, when the gland resumes its natural functions.

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