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Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, etc
Part II (1760)

Chap. LXIII. Pla. 273. The painted finch, cock and hen; Le pinson peint, mâle et fémelle,   pp. 132-133


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CH AP. LXIII. P LA.
The PAINTED FINCH,
Cock and Hen.
T Have retained Catelby's name of this
Bird, to avoid multiplying names, though
it is more generally known to the curious
in London by the name of Nonpareil and
Maripofa: they are etched on the plate
immediately from nature, and of the fize
of life.
The upper figure, which reprefents the
Cock Bird, bath the bill Ihort, thick at its
bafe, ending in a point, and of a dufky
-cQlour : the eyes are of a hazel colour:
the head, and hinder part of the neck,
are of a very beautiful blue: the throat
and breaft are red, which red gradually
becomes an orange colour on the belly,
and flill more yellow on the covert-fea-
thers beneath the tail: the back is of a
light yellow green: the rump or covert-
feathers of the tail are red: the wings and
tail are of a blueifh green above, and aflh-
coloured beneath, except a few of the
greater quills which are dufky : the legs
and feet are of a flefh colour.
The lower figure in the print, which I
fuppofe to be the Hen of the above de-
fcribed, is wholly of a parrot green colour:
the upper fide, wings, and tail, are of a
mnore blueilh green: the under fide is
lighter, and more inclined to yellow: in
all other rejFpcds it agrees with the upper
figgure.
Both the above defcriptions are from
Cage Birds kept alive in London, which
have not that perfed beauty they have in
Le PINSON PEINT,
Male et Femelle.
p     0 UR   eviter  de multiplier les noms,
j'ai retenu celui que Catejby donne a cet
Ofreau, quoiqu'il foit plus ge'ne'ralement con-
nu de nos curieux de Londres fous /e nom de
Nonpareil ou de Meripo/a: ils ont ete'graves
tous deux fJr la planche imme'diatement
d'apres nature et de grandeur naturelle.
La figure Juperieu e reprefente le Mdale:
il a le bec court, et gros vers la bafj, fnj-
fant en pointe, et de couleur rembrunie.  Les
yeux font noifette: la tete et le derriere du
cou font d'un tres beau bleu: la gorge et
l'tfiomac font d'un rouge, qui dege'nere gra-
duellement en orange fur le ventre, et devi-
ent d'un jaune commun fur les plumes qui
couvrent le dejous de la queue: le dos eft d'un
vert jaune pdle: le croupion, c'ejf-a-dire
les plumes qui couvrent la queue, eli rouge:
les ailes et la queui font d'un virt bleudtre
par dcfits, et gris de cendre par de/ous;
excepte6 quelyues unes des grandes pennes du
fouet de l'aile, qui font noirdtres: les jambes
et les patt-s font couleur de chair.
La figure inferieure de l'empreinte, que
je Jippofr etre la Feme/le de cclui qu'on vient
de decrire, el poa tout d'un vert de perrouet:
le dc//s, les aile., et la quczu fjz't d'un -vert
plus fonce' et pius tirant Jiir le b/cu . Ik def
/ous eAf plus clair et plus tirault ,/ur le jaune:
a, tout au/re egar. elle ej femblablc e l'Oiyeaz
que la preine're igkure repreyente.
Les deux defiriptions ci-djis font Mit'cs
d'apre's des Oileaux vivants, tenus a' Londres
dans des cages, ou ils n'ont pas ccue parfiite
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