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Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / Gleanings of natural history : exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, etc. most of which have not, till now, been either figured or described
Part II (1760)

Chap. LVII. Pla. 267. The red-breasted black-bird; Le merle à gorge rouge,   pp. 120-121


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from thefe combats, their motion is fo
fwift that they are invifible, and their
courfe is only difcoverable by the humming
Doife they make with their wings as they
dart through the air: they make their
nefts of fine mofs, cotton, and the down
of ;plants, on forne flender branches of
the orange, lemcn, or other trees, where
they are well defended by the foliage.
Neither of thefe Birds has till now, to my
knowledge, been figured or described.
l Colibri revient de ce combat, fon montv'
ment eJf ft rapide, qu'il ift impo g4ble de P'ap-
percevoir: la courfie de ces Qileaux ne fe
decouvre, que par le bruit qu'ils font de
leurs ailes, en s'J/lanfant autravers de l'air:
ils bdtiyent lurs nids de mout" fine, de cot-
ton, et du duvet des plantes, fur de petit/es
branches d'oranger, de citronnier, oU de
quelqu' autre arbre, dont le feuillage e'pais
les met fuAffjmment a' couvert. Ni l'un ni
l'autre de ces Oifeaux n'a encore ete', que je
/facbe, de/ine' ou de'crit.
CHAP. LVII. PLA.
7Ife Red-breafted Black-Bird.
T   HI S Bird is drawn from a dried
fpecimen  brought from   Surinam,
and is reprefented in the plate of its natural
bignefs. It is moft extraordinary for the
flrudure of its bill, whofe lower mandible
reaches very far into the fides of the head,
and is broader and thicker than the bafe of
the upper mandible. See a view of the
bill fi om  beneath in the corner of the
late.
The bill is pretty thick and large in
proportion to the Bird, of a black or dufky
colour, except the broad bafes of the
lower mandible, which are of a blueiflh
aii-colour: the nofirils are placed at the
bafe of the upper mandible, joining to the
feathers of the forehead: the whole Bird
is covered with dufky black fcathers with-
out any glois, except on the fome part of the
i)ead? and the throat, and the beginning
Le Merle 'a gorge rouge.
C   E T   OQfrau a ete' deoJne d'apres un fiuef
de'/3che, qui efI venu de Surinam: il e/t
repr fent/ fur la planche de ft groqßeur na-
turelle.  Il elI fort extraordinaire par /a
Jlruaure de fon bec, dont la mdichoire f?-
ferieure s'e'tend fort avant dans les codte's de
la t~e, et eJo plus large et plus eSpai//, que
la bafe de la m,7chsire fuperieure.    Foyez
dans un coin de la p/a1acbe laflgure du bec
viu d'embas.
Le bec efl grand et gros d proportion de
1' Oi/au, et d'une caulcur reizhrunie tirant
fir le noir, excepte' les baf's de la mdchoire
inferieure, quifiont d'un couneur de cendre
b/cuatre : les naJeaux f/nt place's a la baf
de la   mdchoire fupe rieure,  joignant   les
p/umnes diu devant de la teote: /'Oifeau entier
eof reve'tu de plumes d'un noir obJcur, /ans
aucun lu/Ire, exceipte le devant de la tete, la
gorge, e/ le commencement de Pejlomac, ou le s
267.
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