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Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds. Most of which have not been figur'd or describ'd, and others very little known from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill design'd.
[Part I] (1743)

The black hawk or falcon,   pp. 4-[Plate] 4 ff.


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The BL A C K     HAWK       or   FALCON.
TH I S Falcon or Hawk (for I take it, that thefe two Names fhould
import the fame thing, tho' it is ufual to give the Name of Falcon
to thofe of the greater Kind, and fuch only as are trained for Sport, the
leffer Sort being generally call'd Hawks) is of the fame Magnitude with
that immediately foregoing, and in all Refpedcs fhaped like it, excepting
that it is a little bigger-headed in proportion to the Body: The Bill is
of
a dark Lead-colour, a little inclining to Flefh-colour, the Skin covering
it of the fame Colour, but a little more inclining to Yellow; the Eye is
of a dark Colour, with a bare Skin of a light Lead-colour round it, the
Eyebrows overhang the Eyes, and are of a red Colour; the upper Side
of the Head, Neck, Back, Wings and Tail, are of a black or very
dark, dusky Colour: The Tips of the covert Feathers of the Wings
and Tail are a little ruflet or redifh ; it is alfo a little redifh in the
hinder Part of the Neck: The Ridge of the Wing in the upper Part is
white; the Quills within-fide, are marked with tranfverfe Bars of dusky
and Clay- colour, as is the under Side of the Tail; the inner Coverts of
the Wings are black, with round and irregular white Spots; the whole
under Side is of a dirty Clay-colour, with black Spots at the Ends of
the Feathers, in the Form expreffed in the Figure. It hath black Marks
from the Corners of the Mouth on each Side, extended backward in the
form of Whiskers; round thefe black Marks is a fmall Mixture of dusky
White; the Legs and Feet are of a dirty, greenifh Lead-colour, but
inclining more to Yellow, where the Legs and Feet join; the Soles of
the Feet redillh, the Claws black.
This Bird is a Native of Hudfon's-Bay: It pitched on a Ship belonging
to the Hudfon's-Bay Company in A4ugufi I 7 3 9, as the Ship was returning
Home, after they had got a pretty Way through the Straits to Sea, and
lived in London all the hard Winter, 1739. I was favour'd with a
Sight of this Bird by Taylor White, Efq; who gave me Liberty to draw
it. Whether this and the foregoing be Male and Female, I leave to
the Judgment of thofe who underfiand Natural Hiftory.
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