Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds, most of which have not been figured or described, and others very little known, from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill designed
The Indian green finch, pp. 84-[Plate] 84 ff.
84 Sue IN D I A N G R E E N F I N C H. T 'HT-1 I S Bird is here figured of its full natural Bignefs; it appears a little like a Canary Bird, but I think it is fomething larger. It hath a pretty thick firong fhort Bill, agreeing in Shape with moft of the Granavo- rious Kind of fmall Birds with us; the upper Part of a dark Brown or Blackifh Co- lour; the nether of a lighter Brown; the Eyes are of a Hafel-colour; the Top of the Head, upper Side of the Neck, Back, upper Side of the Wings, and Tail, are of a dirty Green-colour; the outermoft Webs of fix or feven of the greater or prime QjlIls are edged with White; the Tail Feathers are edged with a light Yellow Green; from the Bafis of the Bill on each Side there paffes through the Eyes a Bar or Line of dirty Green; above the Eyes, from the Bafis of the Bill, there paffes a yellow Line on each Side in the Form of Eyebrows; from the Angles of the Mouth on each Side there paffes a black Line of half an Inch long; the whole under Side, from the Bill to the covert Feathers beneath the Tail, is of a Yellow Colour, a little ihaded with Green on the Sides of the Breaff and Belly; and on the Sides of the Neck the Yellow and Green intermix and lofe themfelves in each other; the Legs, Feet, and Claws, agree in Shape with others of this Kind, all of a brownifh Afh-colour. Mr. johbn Hawkins gave me a Sketch of this Bird, which he drew in the Ifland of Madeira (whither it was brought from fome other Country); the Name he has noted on it is Bengalas, which I fuppofe it takes from its Country; he fays it fings finer than a Canary Bird. As this Drawing was but flight, I did not care to make Ufe of it, not having then feen the Bird myfelf; but fince I received it I have feen two of thefe Birds, and heard them fing, at the Houfe of Mr. Blunt, Merchant, in Good- man's-Fields, London; I found the Birds to agree in every Thing with Mr. Hawkins's Sketch and Account, but having the Life before me, I added fomething to perfect the flight Defign I had, in order to give a more perfed one to the Public. I was in- formed at Mr. Blunt's, that thefe Birds were brought from the Eaft-Indies. Dr. Henry Plumptree, Prefident of the Royal College of Phyficians, faw thefe Birds at Mr. Blunt's, and was fo good to gain me Admittance to make my Obfervations on them. The Buhtterfly here figured is of the Bignefs of Life; the upper Wings are of a reddifh Orange-colour; the under Wings a little more inclining to Brown; both up- per and under Wings bordered with a dark Brown, and Streaks of Black; the upper Wings have longifh dark blue Marks along their outer Edges, and a large and finall round Spot in each Wing, the outer Circle of each Black, the next within Yellowifh, the next Blue, with a light blue or white Spot in the Middle; the lower Wings have each a large round Spot, the outer Part Black, the next Yellow, the inner Part Pur- -plifh, clouded with Black on one Side, with two fmall oblong Spots of blueifh White in the Middle; befides this Mark there is in each of the lower Wings a little round ob- fcure Spot; the Body, Legs, and Horns, are of a reddifh Brown-colour; the whole under Side is of a dufky Brown-colour; the Spots of the upper Side only faintly cafling through. This Fly was brought from China by my Friend Captain Ifaac Worth, who ?refented me with a Box of Infedts from that Country. The
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