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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 transverse striped or bared dove,   pp. 16-[Plate] 16 ff.


Page 16

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The TRANSVERSE STRIPED or BARED DOVE.
IT    HIS Bird for Shape, agrees with moft of the Dove-kind; for
Magnitude it is one of the fmaller Sort, being of the bignefs
of the Draught, or if any Difference, 'tis rather lefs ; the Tail of a
pretty good Length, in Proportion to the Body, the Feathers being of
equal Length ; the Bill is fhap'd as in other Doves, of a light Horn-
colour ; from the Nofiril to the Eye, and round the Eye, is a narrow
white Stroke; the Iris of the Eye, Blue-grey; the Forehead, round the
Eyes, Cheeks, and under the Bill, are light Blue; the Crown, and hinder
Part of the Head, are Red or Ruffet; the Fore-part of the Neck,
Breaft, Belly and T1 highs, are of a faded Rofe or Bloffom-colour; the
Feathers under the Tail, White ; the Sides of the Neck, and Sides of
the Body under the Wings, which partly appear when the Wings are
clofed, are of a bluifh Colour, thick fet with very fine tranfverfe Lines
of a darker Blue or Black ; the upper Side of the Neck, Back, Wings
and Tail, are of a dirty, browninh Afh-colour; the hinder Part of the
Neck, Back, and Covert-feathers of the Wings, are mark'd at little
Diftances with very diftin&t tranfverfe Lines of Black, which are con-
tinued from Wing to Wing acrofs the Back, with little Breaks or Inter-
ruptions; the greater Quills are Something darker than the Coverts of
the Wing: Though the Tail be of the Colour of the B 'dy, yet the
outfide Feathers are darker, approaching to Black, having their Tips
White about an Inch deep; the Legs and Feet are fhap'd as in othcr
Doves, of a paler Red than is common to mofl; the Claws brown.
Though I have mention'd many different Colours in this Bird, you muft
not underftand a fudden meeting of any two Colours, as in Patch-
work, but fuch an Union and gradual Change from one Colour to ano-
ther, as a skillful Painter expreichs in his fofteft Shadows.
I took this Draught from the Bird alive, at Sir Charles Wager's Houfe
at Par fons-Green. I was told by Sir Charles's Lady it was brought from
the Eaf? Indies.


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