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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 green black-cap fly-catcher ; The blue-headed green fly-catcher,   pp. [Plate] 25-25


Page 25

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The GR E E N BLACK-CAP FL Y-C A T C H E R.
T      HIS Bird is figur'd of its natural Bignefs; for Ihape of Body it's
like a Robin
T     Red-breaJ/; the Bill is flender, of a middling Length, bowed downward
a very
little towards the Point, which is Iharp, of a dusky or Horn-colour above,
the lower
Mandible lighter, both a little Yellow next the Head; the Crown, Sides, and
hinder
Parts of the Head, are cover'd as it were with a Cap of black Feathers, having
a Point
or Corner under each Eye; the Eyes are placed on each Side the Head in the
middle of
the black Part; the Throat, quite to the Bill, and the whole remaining Part
of the Bird,
is of an equal blue-green Colour; the Quills are Something darker than the
other Parts,
efpecially the greater or outer Quills, which lofe their Greennefs by degrees,
and become
blackifh at their Tips; the Legs and Feet, which conform to the ufual Shape,
in fimall
Birds, are of a dark Lead-colour.
The BLUE-HEADED GREEN FLY-CATCHER.
T      H I S Bird, in Figure and Magnitude, is equal to the above-defcrib'd,
or if there
T     be any Difference on comparing the Birds themrnlves, I thought this
rather'
the leaft; the Shape of the Bill is the fame with the above ; it is of a
light Afh-colour
or White, in the upper Part lighteft at the Bafe ; the lower Mandible is
of a darker
Affi-colour ; the Top and Sides of the Head are of a light Blue-colour; the
Throat,
juft under the Bill, is White, for a iniall Space; the Neck, whole BodV,
and Tail,
are of a very yellowifh Green ; the Wing on the Shoulder, or Part next the
Head,
hath a roundifh Spot of Blue; the Covcrt-feathers and Quills, except the
Greater, are
Yellow-green, like the Body ; the greater Quills are of a dark Brown, or
black Co-
laur ; the under Side of the Tail is dusky ; the Legs and Feet of a faint
yellow Co-
Lur.
Thefe two Birds are preferved in the Cabinet of his Grace the Duke of Richmond;
they are Natives of Surinam. They being fo like in Shape and Colour, I am
inclined to
believe them Male and Female of the fame Species; but it is hard to determine
any
thing abfolutely, unlefs one had been in the Country, where they are Natives,
and
made particular Obfervations of them. Thefe Birds may be ranged with flender-bill'd
Small Birds, whofe Tails are all of one Colour. I belicye thefe Birds have
not bcfore
been figur'd or deftrib'd.
She1
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