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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 coot-footed tringa,   pp. 46-[Plate] 46 ff.

Page 46

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TFH HI S Bird is here figur'd of the natural Bignefs; it is for Shape,
T   Size, and general Colouring, like the Levfer Tringa, or the Stint,
defcrib'd in fi/lug/by, the chief Difference being in the Feet, which
are border'd with fcollop'd Fins, as in the BaldCoot; the Bill is long,
pretty flender, and of a black Colour, a little bowed downward at the
Point of the upper Mandible; the Eyes are placed pretty far from the
B iI, as they arc in moft of this Kind; the Crown of the Head is Black;
tie Sides of the Head, all round the Eyes, round the Bafe of the Bill
and Chin, are White; the whole Neck is of a faint Afh-colour, a very
little inclining to Bloffom-colour; the Breaft, Belly, Thighs, and Covert-
feathers under the Tail are White; the lower Part of the Neck behind,
the whole Back, Wings, and Tail, are of a dark dirty Brown-colour,
tho' the very Borders of the Feathers are fringed with a lighter Colour;
the greater or outer Quills are alinoft black, having white Shefts or Sterns,
the middle Quills have white Tips and Borders pretty narrow, the inner
or thofe next the Back, of the fame Colour with it; the Covert-feathers
next above the Quills, are tip'd with White pretty deep, which form a
broad white Bar acrofs the Wing, the under Side of the Tail is Afh-
colour; the Legs are of a middling Length, bare above the Knees for a
good Space; it hath four Toes flanding after the ufual Manner, the three
forward Toes have fcollop'd Fins on each Side, according to the num-
ber of Joints in each Toe, the Indentures falling in upon every joint, fo
that the Firs are not difturbed or ruffled by the bending of the Joints,
the back Toe is frnall; both Legs and Feet are of a Lead-colour; it hath
black Claws.  I look on this Bird's Feet to be very fingular, no Bird of
the Stpe or Tringa-kind having any thing like them.
It was given nie by Mr. Alexander Light, a curious Perfon, now re-
fiding in Hudfon's Bay, whither lhe was fent by the Hudjon's Bay Com-
pany. He told me it came on board a Ship failing on the Coafx of
AMar5yj   a good Diflance from Shore, in an Off-land Wind.

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