Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds : most of which have not been figured or described, and others very little known, from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill designed
Part II (1747)
The black and white Chinese cock pheasant, with its hen, pp. 66-[Plate] 66 ff.
( 66 ) r7de BLACK and WHITE CHINESE COCK PHEASANT, with its MEN. H E Cock is confiderably larger than our common Cock Pheafant, but fbaped TL much like it. The Bill is like a Cock or Hen's, of a Yellow Colour, and dusky towards the Point; the Eyes are alfo yellow, encompaffed with a very broad Space of a fine Scarlet, bare of Feathers, but thinly Sprinkled with Hairs, which rife in the upper Part on each Side in the Form of Horns, and extend backward in a Point on each Side of the Head, and on the Cheeks hang down like the Gills of a Cock: The. Top of the Head from the Bill backward is covered with long black Feathers, having a Purple Glofs, which hang down its Neck behind; the upper Part, qviz. the Sides of the Head, upper Side of the Neck, Back, Wings, and Tail, are covered with white Feathers, each having three or four fine black Lines running one within an other, parallel to the outer Cir- cumfcrence of the Feathers, as exprefied in the Figure, except the greater Quill Fea- thers, and the outer Feathers of the Tail, which have oblique Bars and Dalhes of Black, as the Figure likewife expreffeth; the two upper Feathers of the Tail are white; the under Side, from the Bill to the Coverts beneath the Tail, is- Black, with a Purple Glofs, narrow on the Throat, but increafing in its Weadth to the Breaft and Belly; the Legs and Feet are of a fine Scarlet Colour, and it hath Spurs like the common Cock,; of a white Colour. The Hen is Something lefs than the Cock, her Bill of a yellowifl Brown, as are her Eyes, with a bare red Space about them, as in the Cock, but not nigh fo broad; the Crown of the Head is covered with, dark-brown Feathers, hanging a little down behind; the Throat, and Sides of the Head beneath the red Space, is whitifh; all the Neck, Breat, Back, Wings, and middle Feathers of the Tail, are of a reddifh Brown, except the greater Quills, which incline to dufky, and thofe next the Body powdered Nvith Black, the Belly and Side Feathers of the Tail are of a dirty White, tranfverfly,, but fomething confufedly mixed with Dufky or Black; the Legs and Feet are red, as in the Cock, but not fo bright, nor hath it any Spurs. Thefe curious Birds were kept many Years by Sir Hans Sloane at his Houfe in Londo-n, where they hatched young ones, and brought them to Maturity. The Cock of tllis Bird hath been figured and described by ATbin, in his Hiflory of Birds, ol III. Haag. 35. but as I have made fome Corredions both in the Figure awi DLfcription, and have adkled to it the Hen, which is there wanting; I hope the Curious will not think my Labour loft- Albin hath given his a Tail much too 1hort, and bath been Wlo Way precife in figuring the red Space round the Eye; no: hath hle mentioned or Sgured the curious particular Marks on the white Feathers; and tht Spurs he bath alfo omitted. 'Tis probable he only faw this Bird in a Y5'rd walking, and toAk his Sketch from it there, fo could not be fo particular as I had Opportunity to l ^, there Lirds being the Property of my good Patron, whofic Houfe I frequented, and i) d Op- portunity often to repair my Draughts, by ftria2ly examining thcai in their mi- utv Parts, not only while they. were living, but after they were dead, The