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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 black-belly'd green huming [humming] bird,   pp. 36-[Plate] 36 ff.


Page 36

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the BLACK-BELLY'D GREEN HUMING BIRD.
T      H ES E Birds are figur'd of their natural Size; they are of the larger
Sort of
T     Huming Birds; the Bills in both are long, flender, and a little bent
downward,
not very fharp-pointed, of a black Colour; the Head, Neck, Back, and leffer
Coverts
of the Wings, in the upper Bird, are of a bluifh Green-colour; the fcapular
Feathers,
or thofe between the Back and Wings, have Something of Red mixed with the
Green;
the Breaft and Covert-feathers of the Tail, both above and beneath, are Blue;
the
middle of the Belly is Black, which part is cover'd by the Wing in the Poflure
it is
drawn; behind the black Part of the Belly is a white Mark acrofs the Vent;
the
Quill-feathers, and the Row of Coverts next above them, are of a dirty purplifh
Co-
lour in both Birds, as they are in mofi of this Kind ; the Tails in both
Birds are Black
above, and Blue beneath; the Legs and Feet alfo in both are Black.
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T      H E fecond Bird, which I believe to be the Hen of the above defcrib'd,
differs
aT from that in the Colour of the Green, on the Head, Neck, and Coverts of
the
Wing, which are of a much yellower Green; the Top of the Head, upper Part
of the
Neck and Back, being intermixed with a red Colour; it wants the white Bar
acrofs the
lower Belly or Vent; in all other Particulars the above Defcription will
anfwer to this.
The firft Bird was lent me by James Theobald, Efq; the other by Taylor Wbhite,
Efq;
From what particular Part they came, I could not be informed; but we know
that
America only produces thefe Birds, and chiefly between the Tropicks, they
being rarely
met with far without the Tropicks, and not at all in Winter. Near the Equinoctial
they continue all the Year, as I have been informed.
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T      IHIS T y is Yellow, fpotted xvith Black; the Eyes are redifh; the
Wings are
tranfparcnt ; the greater Wings a little thick toward their fetting on, and
of a
browner Colour, which parts are diftinguifhed by crofs Hatching between the
Veins
of the Wings; there are two dark Spots in the Ends of each of the larger
Wings; the
leffer Wings are of an equal Clearnefi without Spots.
This I- came from Ambotii> and wvas lent me by Mr. Dandrieke.  I need
not men-
tion the Size of thep Infets here figur'd, becaufe they will all be juft
of the natural Size.


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