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.
The solitary sparrow, pp. 18-[Plate] 18 ff.
( I8 ) The SOLITARY SPARROW. F 0 R Bignefs, Shape of Body, and Proportion of Parts, it is like the Black-Bird; the Figure reprefents the Bird of its natural Size. Tche Bill is firaight, the upper Mandible bending a little downwards at the Point, of a black Colour above and beneath; the Infide and Cor- ners of the Mouth of a rediffi Yellow-colour; the Eye is of a dark Hazel-colour; the Eye-lids all round, of a yellow Colour; the Feathers of the whole Bird, except the Quills and Tail, are of a full Blue, darker on the Back, and lighter on the Breaff; the Feathers on the Breaft and Belly being bared acrofs or fringed with a lighter Colour; the Quills and Tail-feathers are of dusky Brown or Black, yet have they on their outer Webs fomething of Blue; fome of the firif Row of Wing Coverts, next the Belly, are tip'd with White; the Legs and Feet are Black; it hath black Claws. This Bird is defcrib'd by Willoughby, P. i9I. but there being no good Figure of it, I thought it might be acceptable to the Curious. They are fam'd for the Sweetnefs of their Singing. My Defcription differs a little from that in Willoughby; but I always choofe to defcribe from Nature itfelf, before I confult the Defcriptions of others. The Hen is defcrib'd, together with the Cock, in the above Page of Willoughby. I drew and defcrib'd this from the live Bird at Sir Charles Wager's. They are faid to be found in the mountainous Parts of Italy, and breed in Rocks and old ruin'd Towers; but I have reafon to believe they are fcatter'd all over Europe, efpecially in the Southern Parts, fince I have feen fome of them that were fhot at Gibraltar, and fent dry'd to London. 2he
This material may be protected by copyright law (e.g., Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use, see http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright