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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 green-wing'd dove,   pp. 14-[Plate] 14 ff.


Page 14

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The    GREEN-WING 'D             DovE.
T     H I S Dove is represented in the Plate of its natural Bignefs: It is
T    rather round than long-body'd; the Tail and Wings not fo long
as in moft kind of Doves. I think it the mofI beautiful of all the Dove-
kind I have hitherto feen. The Bill is near an Inch long and pretty
flender, of a Scarlet-colour, from the Point to the NofIrils, both upper
and under Chaps; from the Nofirils to the Head of a pale Blue, a little
Rifing in the upper Part; the Eye is of a dark Colour; the Forehead is
white, from which proceed two white Lines above the Eyes, towards the
hinder Part of the H-ead; the Crown of the Head is of a bluifh Colour;
the Sides of the Head, Neck and Breaft, are of a Rofe-colour, tho' the
hind Part of the Neck gradually changes to a more dirty Colour; the-
Belly is of a dirty Orange-colour, which infenfibly foftens into and unites
with the Rofe-colour of the Breaft; the upper Side of the Wings are of
a fine Green-colour in fome Lights, which in other Pofitions to the-
Light, appear of a fplendid Copper-colour, or a Colour more inclining
to Gold; the greater Quills are of a dirty Black; the Shoulder or Ridge
of the Wing is fpotted with fmall white Spots; among the Covert-
feathers of the Wing, on one Side only, was a fingle white Feather;
the Sides, under the Wings, are of the fame Colour with the Belly;
the Covert-feathers, within-fide of the Wings, are of a dark Cinnamon-
colour; the inner Webs of the Quills from their Bottoms, for a good
way towards their Tips, are alfo tinged of a Cinnamon-colour, other-
wife they are of a dusky Black ; the middle of the Back is of a dirty
Brown; the lower Part of the Back, and the Feathers covering the Tail,
are Afh-colour; the middle Feathers of the Tail are Black; the outer
Feathers Afh-colour, with black Tips; the Legs and Feet are of a Red-
colour, fuch as is common to moft of the Pigeon-kind; the Claws are:
light Brown.
This Dove was prefented to Mr. 7ohbn Jfarner, Merchant in Rozherhith,
at Whofe Houfe I took a Draught of it. He told me it was brought
from the Ea/ Indies.  I faw another of thefe Birds, kept fome. time in,
a, Cage at Sir, Hns Sloane's.
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