Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Species 11. Falco furcatus. Swallow-tailed hawk, pp. -97
SPECIES 11. FdLCO FURCaTUS.y SWALLOW-TAILED HAWK. [Plate LI.-Fig. 2.] LINN. SYSt. I 29.-LATH. I, 60..-Hiruntlo maxima Peruviana atis prcedatoris calcaribus instructa, FEuILLEE, Voy. Peru, torn, ii, S3.-CATESB. i, 4.-Le XMilan de la Caroline, BiRISS. i, 418.-BUFF. I, 221.-TURr. Sqst. 149.- rct. Zool. p. 210, .No. 108.-PEALE'S Museum, ANO. 142. THIS very elegant species inhabits the southern districts of the United States in summer; is seldom seen as far north as Pennsylvania, but is very abundant in South Carolina and Georgia, and still more so in West Florida, and the extensive prairies of Ohio and the Indiana territory. I met with these birds, in the early part of May, at a place called Duck-creek, in Tennessee, and found them sailing about in great numbers near Bayo Manchac on the Mississippi, twenty or thirty being within view at the same time. At that season a species of Ci- cada, or locust, swarmed among the woods, making a deafen- ing noise, and I could perceive these Hawks frequently snatch- ing them from the trees. A species of lizard, which is very numerous in that quarter of the country, and has the faculty of changing its colour at will, also furnishes the Swallow-tailed Hawk with a favourite morsel. These lizards are sometimes of the most brilliant light green, in a few minutes change to a dirty clay colour, and again become nearly black. The Swal- low-tailed Hawk, and Mississippi Kite, feed eagerly on this lizard; and, it is said, on a small green snake also, which is the mortal enemy of the lizard, and frequently pursues it to the * F. foficatwus, LPNN. S1st. X, p. 89, Sp. i, ed. 10.-LA-iH. Ind. Orn.p. 22, SMo. 41.,V11vuIs~furcatus, VIEILL.OT, Ois. de 1,Im. Sept. tvl. 1, p. 38,pt. 10.
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