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Identifier: reptilesbirdspop00figu Title: Reptiles and birds : a popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting Year: 1869 (1860s) Authors: Figuier, Louis, 1819-1894 Gillmore, Parker Subjects: Birds Reptiles Publisher: Springfield, Mass. : W.J. Holland Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: decoys. The sportsmen, hiddenin a hut constructed of branches of trees and heaps of snow, atshort range easily shoot them. t2 276 DUCKS, GEESE, SWANS, AND PELICANS. The flesh of the Swan is very indifferent in flavour. Our fore-fathers ate it, but merely from ostentation, for it was only servedup on the tables of the greatest nobles. At the present day, thecity of Norwich has a preserve for Swans, which are only eaten atthe municipal feasts, or sent as presents to distinguished indi-viduals. In these cases, the birds being young and tenderly fed,are by no means, if properly cooked, a dish to be despised. Theinhabitants of the frozen regions of the extreme north, even withtheir imperfect system of cuisine, do not entirely disdain it; butthe cause for this is apparently something analogous to the philo-sophical saying, as there are no thrushes, we eat blackbirds. The river Thames is remarkable for the number of Swans whichlive on it. The greater quantity of them belong to the Queen; the Text Appearing After Image: Fig. 100.—Black Swans (Cygnus atratus). others chiefly to the Vintners and Dyers Companies of the City ofLondon; but we never heard that these feast their guests onthe noble birds. Deputations from the companies make anannual visit to their preserves, called Swan-hopping, or capering—that is, catching the cygnets, and marking them in the presenceof the royal swanherd with the distinguishing brand of the societyto whom the parent bird belonged. Two species of Swans were recognised by Linnaeus; but later THE FRIGATE BIED. 277 naturalists, and notably the Prince of Canino, record four speciesknown in Europe—namely, Cygnus olor, C. immutabilis, C. musicus,and C. Bewickii—besides the American species, namely, C. ame-ricanus and C. buccinator. There is another species, peculiar toAustralia, which is entirely black: efforts have been made suc-cessfully to naturalise it in Europe. The Black Swan {Cygnus atratus).Synonyms.—Anas Plutonia: Shaw. Chenopis : Wagler.We here give a represe Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.


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