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(without typos) from the publisher. 1825. Excerpt: ... PART IV. OF
BIRDS OF THE SPARROW KIND. CHAPTER I. OF BIRDS OF THE SPARROW KIND
IN GENERAL. Still descending from the larger to the smaller, we
come to birds of the sparrow kind; or that class of beautiful
little animals that, being less than the pigeon, go on diminishing
till we arrive at the humming-bird, the smallest of the feathered
creation. The birds which compose this class chiefly live in the
neighbourhood of man, and are his greatest favourites. The falcon
may be more esteemed, and the turkey more useful; but these he
considers as servants, not as friends; as animals reclaimed merely
to supply him with some of the conveniencies of life: but these
little painted songsters have his affections, as well from their
beauty as their melody; it is this delightful class that fill his
groves with harmony, and lift his heart to sympathize with their
raptures. All the other classes are either mute or screaming; it is
this diminutive tribe only that have voices equal to the beauty of
their figures; equally adapted to rejoice man, and delight each
other. As they are the favourites of man, so they are chiefly seen
near him. All the great birds dread his vicinity, and keep to the
thickest darkness of the forest, or the brow of the most craggy
precipice; but these seldom resort to the thicker parts of the
wood; they keep near its edges, in the neighbourhood of cultivated
fields; in the hedge-rows of farm grounds; and even in the yard,
mixing with the poultry. It must be owned, indeed, that their
living near man, is not a society of affection on their part, as
they approach inhabited grounds merely because their chief
provision is to be found there. In the depth of the desert, or the
gloom of the forest, there is no grain to be picked up; none bf
those tender buds that are so grateful to thei...
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