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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. LXXX. Pla. 290. The crested or coped black vulture, and the black and white Indian snake; Le vautour noir couronné, ou chaperonné, et le serpent noir et blanc des Indes],   pp. [Plate] 290-172 ff.


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( '7I )
CH AP.
LXXX.
P L A. 290.
7'he Cre/7ed or Coped Black Vu LTURE,
and the Black and White Indian
SNAKE.
T H E Vulture is a very large bird, ex-
T   ceeding the fize of a common Eagle
by a third part.
The beak is longer than in the Eagle,
without angles on the edges of the upper
mandible, and of a black or dulky colour
towards its point: its bafis is covered with
a liglt biueifh (kin, in which the noftrils
are placed.  The head, and part of the
neck, are thinly covered with Ihort downy
feathers of an afh-colour, white round the
eyes and on the cheek: the iris of the eye
is of a dark hazel colour. It hath a
roundifh tuft or creft arifing from the hinder
part of the head. The lower part of the
neck is furrounded with long loofe feathers
of an amh-colour, which form a kind of
ruff, into which the bird draws its head
when it repofes or fleeps, fo that the head
is hardly to be feen.  The remaining
plumage, all over the body, &c. is of a
dulky-brown or blackifh colour, except a
few of the leffer covert-feathers of the
wing, which are tipped with white: the
under fide of the bird is a Ihade lighter
than the back and wings. Its legs and feet
are covered with blueilh fcales: the toes
are connecied at their bottoms by a 1k.n:
the nails or claws are black: the feathers
on the thighs are long and loofe, and
fometimes cover the legs.
2
Le VA UTOUR Noir Couronne, ou Cha-
peronne', et    le SERPENT Noir et
Blanc des Indes.
CIE    V1autour  U ?2 tres gros cifeau, fur-
pa/ant d'un tiers la grof/eur d'une Aigle
ordinaire.
Le bee de cet oPJfrau efl plus long que celui de
l'Azgle, fars angles aux bords de la nachoire
jperieuze, et d'une couleur noire, ou tres
fnce'e vers la pointe: la bafe en eJI cou-erte
d'une peaz bleudtre clair, ou' les nazeaux font
place's. La te'ltc, de nmmne qu'une partie du coz,
eji legremren't ccu'z'erte des plunes ccurtLs, Jem-
blabies a due du'vet, co cleur de cendre, bianches
autour des yeux et fur lcs joues: 1'iris des
yeux e/ d'un noijette Jonce. Il a uine hupe o,
couronne, qli s',le've du derrie're de la teUte.
Le bas du co eji entoure' de longues plumes cou-
leur de cn dre, quti pendent n gligemzment, et
Jornient uinc cpi'ce de ftaize, dons laquelle
l'oifeau retire ja te/te, qzuand il retpy oGo quand
il dort, defirte qu'apeine la lui voit-on.  Le
plzmage Jur tout le rele du corps, Kt d'un
brurn tressfonce', oG d'une couleur noiratre, ecx-
cepte' quelques unes des plus petites couvertures
des ail s, qui ont la pois'e blanche: le d~efcs
de l'ozeau ef d'une nuanoce plus clair que le
.dos et les ailes. Ses jambes et fis pattes font
revitnus d'e'cailles leua.i-res : les orteils Jont
joints enfiemble vers le bas par une peau: les
gr7 i/s ou les ongles font noirs : les plumes des
cuijes font longues et pendantes, et couvrent
quellue fjis les jazb~ess


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