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 yellow-headed linnet, pp. 44-[Plate] 44 ff.
( 44 ) 77ac YELLOW-HEADED LINNET. r HIS Bird being of Kin to Linnets or Canary-Birds, I choofe to call it by this Name: I have heard them call'd Mexican Spar- rows ; but I think it more of the Linnet-kind; the Bill is moderately big, like the Bills of moft of our hard-bill'd Birds who crack Seeds, of a whitifh or pale Flefh-colour ; the Eye is of a Hazel-colour; the Head and Throat are of a yellow Colour; from behind the Eyes, down the Sides of the Neck, are drawn brown Marks, growing wider towards their lower Parts, and falling into the Back; the hinder Part of the Head, upper Side of the Neck, Back, Wings, and Tail, are of a dirty Brown- colour, fpotted on the Neck and Back with dirty Spots, drawn down- ward; the greater or outer Quills, and the Feathers of the Tail darker than the Back, and upper Part of the Wings; the Breaft, Belly, Thighs, and Covert-feathers under the Tail, are of a light Clay-colour, the Breaft and Belly fpotted, with dark brown Spots, drawn downward, which Spots begin on the lower Part of the Yellow on the Throat the Legs and Feet are Brown, or of a dirty Flefh-colour. I drew this Bird at SirCharles Wager's Houfe at Parfons Green. The Print fhews the Bird of its natural Bignefs. A Cage of thefe Birds was found on board a Spanih Prize, taken by an Englijh Ship in the WqeJ Indies; they are Natives of Mexico, the Ship in which they were found being bound from Vera Cruz to Old Spain. J e
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