Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds, the most of which have not hitherto been figured or described, and the rest, by reason of obscure, or too brief descriptions, without figures, or of figures very ill design'd, are hitherto but little known
The eared or horned dob-chick, pp. 145-[Plate] 145 ff.
( 145 ) The Eared or Horned DoB-CHI CK. r H I S Bird is about the Bignefs of a Teal; it hath fmall Wings, and large T Legs and Feet in Proportion to its Body. I take it to be a Cock Bird, and be- lieve I have already described its Hen, in P. 96. of this Work, the fecond described Bird i the under defcribed differs from that in being a little Bigger, in being more Buffle-headed, and in having its Colours a little brighter. The Bill from its Point to the Angles of the Mouth is an Inch and a Quarter long; the Wing when clofed fix Inches long; the Leg an Inch and three Quarters; the middle Toe two Inches long. The Bill is ftraight and fharp-pointed; the Tip of it White; the Bafe of the lower Mandible Flefb-colour'd, the Remainder Black, or Dufky; the Nofirils are placed in Furrows ; it hath alfo fome oblique Indentures on the Sides of the lower Mandible; from the Corner of the Mouth to the Eye there paffes a Line of Skin, bare of Feathers, of a red Colour; the Head is cover'd with long black Feathers, with a fhining green Glofs, and appears much bigger than it is. From behind the Eyes, immediately on each Side, paffes a Line of long, loofe, yellowifl, Orange- colour'd Feathers, which almoft join on the Hinder-part of the Head, and bang a little downward, and form a Kind of Creft; the Hinder-part of tiie Neck and the Back is of a blackifh Brown; the Coverts of the Wings are Afh-colour'd; it hath about thirty Quills in each Wing, fome of the firft of which are Dufky or Blackifl, then follow about a dozen White ones; the Remainder of the Quills next the Back are (like the Back) of a dirty Brown; the inner Coverts of the Wings are White; the inner Web of the Quills within Side, appears alfo Whitifh; the Neck fuddenly appears fmall below the Buffle-Head; the Fore-part of the Neck, and Beginning of the Breaft is of a reddifb Orange-Colour, a little broken into the White on the Breaft; the whole Belly is White, with a Silver-like Glofs. On the Sides, for the whole Length of the Body, where the dark Brown of the Back joins with the White on the Belly, there is a Mixture of dirty Orange-Colour, blended equally into the Brown of the upper Side, and the White on the Nether. It hath no Appearance of a Tail. The Legs are placed at the End of the Body, and the Thighs are fo' bound within the Skin that they cannot be moved backward or forward as in other Birds; fo that, when on Land, they muft of Necefflty walk upright. The Legs are flat and broad, the better to cut the Water; the three Toes that Rland for- ward have fliff Webs or Fins on each Side of every Toe, and are divided from each other almoft to their Bottoms; the hinder Toe has only one little Web; the Nails onl the Toes are broad and flat, like thofe on human Fingers; the Legs are bare kne&'d (but not above the Knees) and toothed or jagged on their Hinder-parts, of a 4lueifl Afh-Colour on their outer Sides, and inclining to Flefh-Colour on their lnfides. This Bird was brought from Hudfon's-Bay by Mr. Ijham, and I believe it to be a Non-defcript Species, but not confined, to America only; for that described, P. 9q6, which I fuppofe to be the Hen of this, was taken near Londoi, but was there lo rare as not to be known. 2
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