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 hen padda or rice-bird, pp. 42-[Plate] 42 ff.
( 42 ) The Hen PADDA or RIcE-BIR D. 717 'H I S Bird is altogether of the fame Magnitude and Shape with the LT laf defcrib'd, to which I fuppofe it to be the Hen. It is by the People who bring them from China, call'd the Padda Bird, becaufe they are fed with that Grain; Padda being the Name by which Rice is call'd, while the Grain continues in the Husks; fo that I think the Rice Bird not a very improper Name. They are faid very much to annoy the Plantations of Rice; but tho' I have given it this Name, yet I muft take notice thefe Birds are of that Tribe or Family of fmall Birds we in Eng- land call Finches, tho' their Bills are larger in Proportion than any of that Genus we have with us. I not having Opportunity of feeing this Bird alive, the Defcription may be lefs perfed than the other. It was preferv'd in Spirits at Sir Hans Sloane's. The Bill is of a Flefh-colour, it hath alfo the Eyelids or Skin round the Eye of a Flefh-colour; the Head is wholly Black, wanting the white Spots in the Cheeks, which is the principal Difference between this and the lafi defcrib'd Bird; the Neck, Back, Breaft, and Wings, are of an Ada-colour, not fo bright as in the former, the Belly gradually changing into a faint dirtyifl Bloffom-colour, the Qulills Something darker than the Covert-feathers of the Wings; on the Ridge of the Wing next the Breaft, is a white Spot; the lower Belly, and Coverts under the Tail, are White, the Tail is Black, the Legs and Feet of a Flefh-colour; the Edges of the Feathers, as in the other, intermix fo equally, as to appear more like fine Hair than Feathers.. Some People ufing the India Trade, who have feen thefe Birds, call them Java Sparrows, and others, Indian Sparrows, and affirm they are found in 7ava; if fo, it is like they are found in moft of the Countries to which our India Company trade; but I rather believe the Trade be- tween China and Juava, may have made them as Plenty as Cage-Birds in Java, from which fome may have fuppofed them Natives of that Country. I have obferv'd Figures of thefe Birds very frequently in Chinefe Pidures, which is a pretty convnc no Argument they are Natives of China.
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