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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 rose or carnation-colour'd ouzel of Aldrov,   pp. 20-[Plate] 20 ff.

Page 20

7Ve Rose or CARNATION-COLOUR'D OUZEL of Aldrov. Lib. I 6. Cap. i 5.
H E Print here reprefents the Bird of its natural Bignefs; it is
thap'd pretty much like a Starling, tho' the Tail is Something
longer, yet not fo long as the Black-Bird's; it hath on its Head a Creft,
here drawn as it appeared in the dead Bird preferv'd dry, which Creff
ereded in the living Bird mull, doubtless, appear very beautiful: The
Bill is of a middling Length and Thicknefs, bowed a little downward
and ending in a Point; the Point is of a black or dusky Colour, which
gradually changes into a dirty Flefh- colour towards the Head; the Angles
of the Mouth are pretty deep, reaching alInoft under the Eyes ; the
whole Head, Neck, Wings and Tail, are Black, with a bright fhining
Glofs of Blue, Purple and Green, changing Colour as it is differently
turned to the Light; the Covert-feathers within-fide of the Wings are
Black, with dirty white Edges; the Quills within-fide are of a dirty,
blackifli Brown; the Breaft, Belly, Back, Rump, and lefler Coverts of
the Wings, are of a Rofe or Blofiom-colour, feeming to be a Mixture of
lighter and darker Parts; there are fprinkled on the Belly, Coverts of
the Wings, and Rump, a few black Spots; the Thighs, lower Belly,
and Coverts under the Tail, are of a dusky dull Black; the Legs and
Feet are made after the ufual form, the outer and middle Toe join'd a
little way; both Legs and Feet are of a dirty Orange-colour; the Claws
I take this Bird to be a Cock, becaufe filloughby's Defcription, P. 194.
tranflated from Aidrovandus, fays the Hen hath not fo bright a Black as
the Cock; it is faid to frequent Dung-heaps.  JJilloughby's Defcription
feems to be too brief, therefore I choofe ftridfly to defcribe this Bird
Nature, having the Advantage of feeing it, which Mr. WfVilloughby had
not: But whoever will take the trouble to compare this Defcription with
that of Aldrovandus, I believe will agree with me that this mult be the
fame Bird he has defcrib'd. You may fee this Bird very perfe&d, curioufly
fluffed and Et on a Perch at Salter's Coffee-houfe in Chelfea, where I had
Liberty to draw it. Tho' this Bird is not a Native of England, yet it was
(hot at Norwood, near London ; for it often happens that Birds, not
Natives of our Ifland, are, through Storms or other accidental Caufes
unknown to us, brought over hither. The Upupa or Hoopoe, being alfo
a foreign Bird, was (hot atNorwood, and is likewife preferv'd at Salter's
Coffee houfe with this.     i    sle

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