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The Elements of Natural History; Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Young Persons (Paperback) Loot Price: R447 Discovery Miles 4 470
The Elements of Natural History; Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Young Persons (Paperback): William Fordyce Mavor
The Elements of Natural History; Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Young Persons (Paperback): William Fordyce Mavor

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The Elements of Natural History; Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Young Persons (Paperback)

William Fordyce Mavor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1806 Excerpt: ...vivid red. The rhinoceros-bird delights in the same kind of Food as the raven. TOE RAVEN.-The raven is the largest of the crow Icind; and distinguished from them not only by its size, but also by its bill, which is more hooked. Its length is upwards of two feet, and the expansion of its wings more than four. The whole colour is a fine glossy black, tinged with blue; except on the belly, where it is dusky. ' This bird is fi native of every region, and-appears to be little influenced by climate. It fan sustain with equal indifference the heat of the equator;, nd the cold of the poles.. The only preceptible effect is on its colour, which in thex mere northern regions is sometimes a pure white. 156 Crow. The raven is sufficiently docile: it may be instructed in the art of fowling, like the hawk; may be taught to fetch and carr like the spaniel, and even to speak like the parrot. Goldsmith assures us that it may be brought to imitate any vocal music; and that-he heard one sing a ludicrous song with great distinctness, truth, and humour. As a domestic inmate, the raven possesses many qualities that render him extremely amusing. Active, curious, and impudent, he pries into every thing; plays a number of antic tricks; and never fails to conciliate the favour of the cook maid, conscious of her ability to reward hina. Being by nature a glutton, and by habit a thief, he purloins every thing to gratify his appetite, and even hoards what he cannot enjoy. In. a state of nature the raven is a most voraciousplunderer. He preys equally on the living and the dead; and after having sufficiently crammed himself, flies to communicate tidings of his spoil to his companions. His scent is. most exquisite, by which he can distinguish carrion at a prodigious distance. The raven gener...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: William Fordyce Mavor
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 108
ISBN-13: 978-1-231-44335-4
Barcode: 9781231443354
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-231-44335-9

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