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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 red-headed green-finch,   pp. [Plate] 23-23


Page 23

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'Vhe  RE D-HE A DE D        GR E E N-FI NC H.
-'HI S is of the Number of very beautiful Birds; it is here figur'd
of the bignefs of Life: I take it rather to be of the thick and
hard-bill'd Kind, than of flender-bill'd Birds, who live mofily on Infeas,
yet the Bill is not fo big in Proportion as in mofl fmall Birds, call'd Hard-
bill'd Birds; but many Ainerican Birds differ fo much in little Circum-
flances, that one cannot eafily conclude what European Birds to range
them with: The Bill is of a light brownifh or Horn-colour; its Shape is
very well exprefs'd in the Figure; the Head is of a red Colour, not bright
Scarlet, but Something dull, and inclining to a high-colour'd Orange;
round the Neck is a yellow Ring, which points upwards a little under the
Bill; the Neck, Back, Wings and Tail, are of a fine Parrot-green; the
greater Quills towards their Pips, are dusky; on the upper Part of the
Wing near the Joint or Bend, is a roundifh yellow Spot, near half an
Inch in Breadth; the Breafi and Belly, as low as the Thighs, are of a
pleafant light blue Colour ; the upper Part of the Thighs, lower Belly,
and under the Tail, are Green; part of the Thighs next the Legs are
Yellow; the Legs, Feet, and Claws, of a light brown Colour.
This Bird is in the Duke of Richmond's Cabinet ; it came from Swri-
naam. Where my Subjeds have been Birds out of Spirits, or otherwife
preferv'd, I have made no mention of the Colour of their Eyes, not
knowing what Colour they have been of; though a Brother Author that
has latelypublifhed fome hundreds of Birds, was not pleafed to dofo, for
he
has given Irides of very beautiful and fhining Colours, both in Defcrip-
tion and Colouring, to many Birds which he never faw alive, or newly
dead, or any Perfon who could infirm him. Mr. Dandridge in A0lore-
fields is poflefs'd of many of the Birds, from which his Defcriptions were
taken, who has told me, that he himfelf never knew what Colaur the
Eyes of thefe Birds were of, fo could not pretend to tell it to an-
other. I cannot find that the above-defcrib'd Bird has been before takent
notice of by any one.


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