Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Species 4. Corvus ossifragus. Fish-crow, pp. -184
SPECILES 4 C(O1? VUS OSSIFR.4 US. FISH-CROW. [Plate XXXVII. -Fig. 2.] PEALE'S Jliuseuin, N'o. 1369. THis is another roving inhabitant of our coasts, ponds, and river shores; though a much less distinguished one than the pre- ceding," this being the first time, as far as I can learn, that he has ever been introduced to the notice of the world. I first met with this species on the coast of Georgia, and ob- served that they regularly retired to the interior as evening ap- proached, and came down to the shores of the river Savannah, by the first appearance of day. Their voice first attracted my notice, being very different from that of the common Crow, more hoarse and guttural, uttered as if something stuck in their throat, and varied into several modulations as they flew along. Their manner of flying was also unlike the others, as they fre- quently sailed about, without flapping the wings, something in the manner of the Raven; and I soon perceived that their food, and their mode of procuring it, were also both different; their favourite haunts being about the banks of the river, along which they usually sailed, dexterously snatching up, with their claws, dead fish, or other garbage, that floated on the surface. At the country seat of Stephen Elliot, Esq. near the Ogechee river, I .took notice of these Crows frequently perching on the backs of the cattle, like the Magpie and Jackdaw of Britain; but never mingling with the common Crows; and differing from them in this particular, that the latter generally retire to the shore, the * The Fish-Iawk, lig'ured in the same plate, and which immediately pre- cedes the Fish-Croxwv in the text of the osi.iiiwa ehtvfn.
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