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Birds and Flowers

Birds And Flowers: Or, The Children's Guide To Gardening And Bird Keeping


This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1862. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter iil foreign birds. Java Sparrows, Indian Sparrows or Cut-throats, and Wax-bills or Avadavats, require very similar treatment; so we will class them all together. The Java Sparrows are good-sized birds, as big as a Bullfinch; they are a sort of pale slate colour, and black, with white cheeks, pink beaks, a rim of red round their eyes, and exceedingly pink feet. They have a very sweet short song, but I do not think they are so taking as many birds. They eat millet-seed and canary, drink a good deal of water, and keep each other's plumage in very neat order by a constant pruning. Avadavats or Wax-bills are charming little pets, much smaller than a Goldfinch; they have bright red beaks, brown feathers spotted and tipped with red, pretty white spots down their wings, and little fan-like tails, which they keep spreading out suddenly and closing again as quickly. They are very active and constantly changing places with each other on the perch, where they are fond of sitting all in a row and singing. They are terrible birds for washing--in fact they like to be bathing almost hourly. And when one is so polite as to provide an elegant bath for their accommodation, meaning it as a hint that birds should not wash in drinking glasses, they ignore the motive and only bathe the more. The song they sing is very sweet though shrill; it is not very unlike a Robin's, and though extremely short is repeated very often, the whole row of small birds singing sometimes in turn. I don't think they are very affectionate birds to their owner, though amongst each other they are. I have known a little couple seem very dismal when one was sent away to complete another set, and that one was so sad too, that its mistress kindly sent it back home again, when the meeting seemed to afford ...



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  • Format: Paperback
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: General Books
  • ISBN-13: 9781459056091
  • ISBN: 1459056094
  • Publication Year: 2010
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