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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 transverse striped or bared dove,   pp. 16-[Plate] 16 ff.

Page 16

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IT    HIS Bird for Shape, agrees with moft of the Dove-kind; for
Magnitude it is one of the fmaller Sort, being of the bignefs
of the Draught, or if any Difference, 'tis rather lefs ; the Tail of a
pretty good Length, in Proportion to the Body, the Feathers being of
equal Length ; the Bill is fhap'd as in other Doves, of a light Horn-
colour ; from the Nofiril to the Eye, and round the Eye, is a narrow
white Stroke; the Iris of the Eye, Blue-grey; the Forehead, round the
Eyes, Cheeks, and under the Bill, are light Blue; the Crown, and hinder
Part of the Head, are Red or Ruffet; the Fore-part of the Neck,
Breaft, Belly and T1 highs, are of a faded Rofe or Bloffom-colour; the
Feathers under the Tail, White ; the Sides of the Neck, and Sides of
the Body under the Wings, which partly appear when the Wings are
clofed, are of a bluifh Colour, thick fet with very fine tranfverfe Lines
of a darker Blue or Black ; the upper Side of the Neck, Back, Wings
and Tail, are of a dirty, browninh Afh-colour; the hinder Part of the
Neck, Back, and Covert-feathers of the Wings, are mark'd at little
Diftances with very diftin&t tranfverfe Lines of Black, which are con-
tinued from Wing to Wing acrofs the Back, with little Breaks or Inter-
ruptions; the greater Quills are Something darker than the Coverts of
the Wing: Though the Tail be of the Colour of the B 'dy, yet the
outfide Feathers are darker, approaching to Black, having their Tips
White about an Inch deep; the Legs and Feet are fhap'd as in othcr
Doves, of a paler Red than is common to mofl; the Claws brown.
Though I have mention'd many different Colours in this Bird, you muft
not underftand a fudden meeting of any two Colours, as in Patch-
work, but fuch an Union and gradual Change from one Colour to ano-
ther, as a skillful Painter expreichs in his fofteft Shadows.
I took this Draught from the Bird alive, at Sir Charles Wager's Houfe
at Par fons-Green. I was told by Sir Charles's Lady it was brought from
the Eaf? Indies.

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