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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 blue-throat redstart,   pp. 28-[Plate] 28 ff.


Page 28

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The   BL U E-T H R O AT      REDSTART.
HI S Bird is bigger than the common Redflart; it's of the Size
T    here exprefs'd; for Shape, like other fmall Birds of this Kind. I
have feen a Drawing of it from Holland or Germany, which was named
Blau-kehle, which is Blue-throat, and it being fo near of Kin to the Red-
//art, I have given it the above Name. The Bill is firaight, moderately
long and (lender, of a black Colour; the upper-fide of the Head, Neck,
Back and Wings, is of a dark dirty Brown, the Edges of the Feathers
being lighter; above the Eye paffes a Line of dirty Orange-colour ;
from the Corner of the Mouth under the Eye, paffes another Line of the
fame Colour; beneath this paffcs a narrow Line of faint Blue; the
Throat, from the Bill downward, is white; on the lower Part of the
Neck is a Spot of Blue like a Half-moon, the Corners pointing upwards;
the beginning of the Breafi, for a fmall Space, is of an Orange-colour,
narrower in the Middle, reaching a little farther down on the Sides;
the remainder of the Breafi, Belly, Thighs, and Covert-feathers under
the Tail is white; the two middle Feathers of the Tail are dark Brown,
the other Feathers on each Side are Orange-colour with blackiflh Tips
half an Inch deep; the Covert-feathers on the upper Side of the Tail
are of a dirty Orange-colour ; the Legs, Feet, and Claws are brown.
I had this Bird of Mr. Catesby; it was fcnt from Gibraliar to hi~m


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