Studies in Zoology: a Book Devoted to Animals and Animal Life at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden

Cincinnati zoological Company, 1900 - 86 Seiten

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Seite 64 - ... he is a bird of bad moral character : he does not get his living honestly ; you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the...
Seite 64 - ... for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him. With all this injustice he is never in good case; but, like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. Besides, he is a rank coward; the little king-bird, not bigger than a sparrow, attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district.
Seite 33 - More robust and more clumsy than the leopard, he is also much superior in size, as he often measures four or five feet from the nose to the root of the tail. His head is larger and rounder than the leopard's, his limbs are shorter, and his tail is of such a length as only to allow the tip to trail on the ground when the animal stands erect. Above the line of the eyes, the profile is also more prominent. " These differences of form (says Mr.
Seite 14 - An enormous muzzle, indicative of the most brutal passions, terminates in a broad and rounded extremity of a fiery red colour, from which continually oozes a mucous humour. The cheeks, greatly swollen, and deeply furrowed, are naked, and of a deep blue colour. A narrow blood-coloured ridge extends down the middle of the face, and terminates in the nose." Round the neck the hair is very long. On the sides of the head it joins that at the top, and the whole terminates in a somewhat pointed form. Each...
Seite 63 - ... highly developed, and their strength of wing sufficient to enable them to reach an extremely high pitch, and to continue their flight for hours together. They endure the pangs of hunger with extraordinary patience ; and never attack the smallest bird or the most feeble quadruped while it has life. In walking, their gait is slow and heavy, and their body is maintained in a horizontal position. When about to mount into the air, they are compelled to take several leaps before they can accomplisn...
Seite 39 - It is generally about two feet in length, from the head to the extremity of the tail. The body is covered with spines, from ten to fourteen inches long, resembling the barrel of a goose-quill in thickness, but tapering at both ends, and variegated with black and white rings. In their usual state, they incline backward, like the bristles of a hog, but when the animal is irritated, they rise...
Seite 12 - ... wounded or driven into a corner. At such times his size, strength, and dexterity combine to render him a formidable enemy. 'He sends forth a kind of howl or furious yelp, stands up on his hind-legs like an enraged bear, advances with clumsy gait in this position and attacks his enemy. At the same time the hair on his head and the nape of his neck stands erect, his teeth are displayed, and his eyes flash with savage fury. He beats his massive breast with his fists, or bents the air with them.
Seite 35 - Its fur, which is exceedingly smooth and soft, is of an ash color, glossy, and marked with black stripes, which are separate upon the sides, but which unite upon the back. It has, also, upon the neck, a kind of mane, or longish hair, which forms a black streak, from the head to the tail, which last...
Seite 17 - ... and feet are of a dull ash color. Black swans, in their wild state, are extremely shy. They are found in Van Dieman's Land, New South Wales, and on the western coast of New Holland; and are generally seen swimming on a lake, in flocks consisting of eight or nine individuals. On being disturbed, they fly off in a direct line one after the other, like wild geese. THE...
Seite 18 - When the young are all hatched, the female carries them one by one in her bill by the wing to the water.

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