Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds. The most of which have not hitherto been either figured or described, and the rest, by reason of obscure, or too brief descriptions without figures, or of figures very ill designed, are hitherto but little known
The brown-throated parrakeet, pp. 177-[Plate] 177 ff.
( '77 ) T he Brown-throated P A R R A K E E T. T H I S Bird is represented of its natural Bignefs: It is of the long -~- and pointed-Tail-Kind; the Tail in the Adion expreflfd, being fore-fhortened, appears fomething fhorter than it really is in Proportion to the Bird. The Bill is of an Afh-Colour, light at the Bafe of the upper Man- dible, the Point gradually becoming darker; the lower Mandible is alfo dark; the Noftrils are placed in an Afh-colour'd Skin at the BaEe of the upper Part of the Bill; the Hook of the Bill is pretty fharp, and the Edges are angled, or rather waved. The Iris of the Eye is of a yellowish Hazel-Colour; the Eye is placed in a Plat of bare Skin, cf a White, or light Afh-Colour. From Eye to Eye, acrofs the Middle of the Crown of the Head, is a darkifh-blue Bar, of half an Inch in Breadth. The Feathers on the Forehead next the Bill, the Sides of the Head beneath the Eyes, the Throat and Forefide of tlhe Neckl, are all of a dusky-brown Colour; the Hinder-part of the Head and Necl, the Back, and upper Side of the Wings and Tail, are cover'dwith Feathers of a pleafant full-green Colour. The Tips of the greater Quills are Blue above, and Dusky beneath. The Ridges of the Wings about their Joints, and the inner Coverts of the Wings, are of a yellowifh Green. The under Side of the Tail is of an obfcure yellow Green. The Breafi, Belly, Thighs and Covert-Feathers under the Tail, are of a light-yel- lo-with Green. The Brown at the Bottom of the Neck breaks off gra- dually, and falls in Spots on the Breafi. The Legs and Feet are of a pale-brownifh Flefh-Colour; the Toes fRand as in other Parrots. I faw this Bird at the Houfe of a Gentleman in r2ork Buildings, in the Strand, where I was direted to take a Draught of it by another Gentleman who employs me. My Friend for whom I made the Draught, told rme, the Bird was brought from the W7eJf-Indies. What is moft remarkable in it is the Fore-part of the Head and Neck, which is of a browni(h Colour: The Colours in Parrots being generally gay all over their Body. I can find nothing agreeing with the Defcrip- tion oP BsDir1, fo that I believe it to be a Non-defeript. 21he
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