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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 smallest green and red Indian paroquet,   pp. 6-[Plate] 6 ff.


Page 6

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T he fmallej/ GREEN and RED INDIAN PAROQUET.
IN this Plate, which was wrought from Nature, and not from a Draw-
ing, the Bird is reprefented of its proper Size. It is lefs than the-
mall red-headed Paroquet, commonly brought into England, which is
pretty well figur'd and defcrib'd by 4Abin in his Hiftory of Birds, Vol.
3.
Page i 5. tho' his Drawing is Something too fmall, feeing the Bird is a
little bigger than what I have here reprefented, which is the leaft of the
Parrot-kind I ever met with; the Bill is fhaped like thofe in the greater
Sort of Parrots, of a bright Orange-colour. I could perceive no Skin
covering the Bafis of the Bill; the Nofirils were near together in the
upper Part of the Bill, very near the Feathers of the Forehead; thee
Eyes are Surrounded with a narrow Space of Skin, of a light Flefh-
colour; the Top of the Head is, Red, or of the Colour of a Sevi!
Orange, which in the hinder Part of the Head gradually becomes Green,.
uniting itfelf with the Colour of the Back; the unloer Side of the Bird,
middle of the Back, Wings, and Tail, are of a fine Green-colour, light-
er on the Throat, Breaft, Belly, and Thighs, and darker on the Back
Coverts of the Wing and Tail, darkeft of all in the greater Wing-feathers;
the lower Half of the Back and Rump, quite to the Tail, is covered
with the fame bright Red or Orange-colour with the Head, being inter-
mixed with the Green, and lofing itfelf in the middle of the Back;
the Legs, Feet, and Claws, are of a Flefh-colour, the Toes ftanding as
in other Parrots; the infide of the Quills, and the under-fide of the Tail.
are Blue a very little inclining to Green.
This Bird was brought from Holland, in Spirits, by Dr. Cromwell
Mortimer, Secretary to the Royal Society, who bought it there with other
Things brought from fome Dutch Settlement in the Eafi Indies: He was
pleafed to lend it me, that I might draw it. This Bird was put in
camphorated Spirits, and appeared of a brown Colour whilil in the
Spirits, tho' the Glafs was white Flint, and the Spirits clear; and when
taken out, waffed and dried, it became cf the Colours above described.
I believe no Author hath yet taken notice of this Bird.
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