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In presenting to our readers a volume containing the natural history of the Parrots, or family Psitta-cidae, we have to direct their attention to an assemblage of birds, not less remarkable for the peculiarity of their form, the gay, varied, and in many instances, splendid plumage in which they are attired, than for the intelligence and docility so many evince in a state of captivity or domestication, and the peculiar facility possessed by several species of imitating the intonations of the human voice, and learning by rote words, and even sentences, which they remember and repeat with clearness and precision.

TitleParrots
AuthorPrideaux John Selby
PublisherChatto & Windus
Year1845
Copyright1845, Chatto & Windus
AmazonAlex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence
Thomas Bewick.Thomas Bewick.Parrots

The Naturalist's Library.

Edited By Sir William Jardine, Bart. F.R.S.E., F.L.S., Etc. Etc.

Vol. X

Ornithology

Ornithology.

-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood
Although the Biographical Notices prefixed to these volumes have hitherto been confined to Scientific Naturalists, yet, as no one perhaps has contributed more essentially to promote the study of Zoolo...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 2
* It is stated by the author of The Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties, forming a part of the Library of Entertaining Knowledge (we know not on what authority, but we think it probable,) that h...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 3
But the great and, to the public in general, unexpected, charm of the History of Quadrupeds, was the number and variety of the vignettes and tailpieces, with which the whole volume is embellished. Man...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 4
Nor must we pass over his sea-side sketches, all inimitable. The cutter chasing the smuggler - is it not evident that they are going at the rate of at least ten knots an hour? The tired gulls sitting...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 5
The last project of Mr Bewick was, to improve at once the taste and morals of the lower classes, particularly in the country, by a series of blocks on a large scale, to supersede the wretched, sometim...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 6
Much more might be said of this distinguished artist. More has been said. In Blackwood's Magazine (for 1825), there is a very elegant critique upon Mr Bewick's works. + In the first volume of the Tran...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 7
A few days after this I received another note from him, which I read hastily, having with me at the moment many persons examining my drawings. This note having, as I understood it, intimated his desi...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 8
Note As we conceive all will feel an interest in the character and history of this extraordinary man; we make no apology for introducing here some memoranda of his more familiar hours, contributed ...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 9
* This is a mistake; Bewick must have meant that the lines representative of the figure were painted or hatched with any bituminous substance, and the interstices eat down by acids. At his table w...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 10
In his Memoir he has detailed his sentiments on the purity of representation and free government in a manner worthy the pen of a Bacon or Lockes a history of the art of wood-engraving; and obser-vati...
-Memoir Of Thomas Bewick, Eminent Engraver On Wood. Part 11
In my haste to find his lodging, I passed it; but stumping behind, with his great cudgel, he seized me ardently by the arm before I was aware, exclaiming, 'I seed ye from tha window, and kenned yer b...
-History Of The Parrots, Or Family Psittacidae
In presenting to our readers a volume containing the natural history of the Parrots, or family Psitta-cidae, we have to direct their attention to an assemblage of birds, not less remarkable for the pe...
-History Of The Parrots, Or Family Psittacidae. Part 2
The fourth is named Loriana, from a group of parrots generally known by the name of Lories, natives of India and its islands. It also contains the numerous members of the genus Trichoglossus, Vigors, ...
-History Of The Parrots, Or Family Psittacidae. Part 3
Many of the species are gregarious, and except during the breeding season, are always seen in large and numerous bodies; others, as the black cockatoos, are met with in pairs or families. The places s...
-Genus Palaeornis
The genus Palaeornis, as characterized by Mr Vigors, is distinguished by having the bill thickish, with the upper mandible dilated, the culmen rounded, the tomia deeply toothed or emarginate, the infe...
-Barraband Ring Parrakeet
Palaeornis Barrabandi. - Vigors. Palaeornis Barrabandi, Vigors, in Zool. Journ. vol. ii. p. 56, Sp. 10 - Psittacus Barrabandi, Swains. Zool. Illust. vol. i. p. 59. - Polytelis Barrabandi, Wagler, i...
-Alexandrine Ring-Parrakeet
Palaeornis Alexandri. - Vigors. Palaeornis Alexandri, Vigors, Zool Jour. vol. ii. p. 49 - Wagler, in Abhand, etc, p. 506 - Psittacus torquatus Macrourus antiquorum, Aldrov. Aves. vol. i. p. 678; Ic...
-Malacca Ring-Parrakeet
Palaeornis Malaccensis - Vigors. Palaeornis Malaccensis, Vig. Zool. Journ. ii. p. 52; Wag-ler, Mon. Psit. in Abhand. etc. p. 514 - Psittacus Malaccensis, Gmel. vol. i p. 325, No. 74 - Psittacus eru...
-Patagonian Arara
Arara Patagonica. - Lesson. Psittacus Patagonicus, Arara - Arara Patagonica, Lesson, in Dupp. Voy. autour du Monde, Part Zool. tab. 35. - Sittace Patagonica, Wagler, in Abhand. etc, p. 659 - Patago...
-Carolina Arara
Arara Carolinensis. Psittacus Carolinensis, Linn. Syst. 1. p. 141.13. - Lath. Ind. Orn. 1. p. 93. sp. 33. - Chas. Buon, Syn. p. 41 - Sittace Ludoviciana, Wagler, in Abhand. etc. p. 656 - Carolina P...
-The Great Green Maccaw
Sittace militaris, Wagler in Abhand. etc., p. 668. - Psittacus militaris, Auct. - L'Ara Militaire, et le Grand Ara Mili-taire, Le Vaillant, 1. c. p. 11, t. 4, et 1. c. p. 15, t. 6. - Great Green Macca...
-Blue And Yellow Maccaw
Macrocercus ararauna. - Auctorum. Psittacus maximus cyano-virens, Aldrov. Will. - Ara bleu et jaune, Buff. PL Enl. 36 - L'Ara-rauna, Le Vaillant, i. t. 3. - Psittacus ararauna, Shaw's Zool v. viii....
-Red And Blue Maccaw
Macrocercus aracanga. Sittace aracanga, Wagler, in Abhand. etc. p. 672 - Psit-tacus aracanga, Auct. - L'Ara canga, Ve Vaill. Hist. des Per. t. 2. - The Red and Blue Maccaw, Edwards, 4. t. 158. T...
-Noble Parrot-Maccaw
Psittacara nobilis. Psittacara frontata, Vig. in Zool. Journ. v. ii. p. 389. - Sittace nobilis, Wagler, in Abhand. etc, p. 661. - Psit-tacus nobilis, Lath. Ind. Orn. i. p. 85. sp. 9. - Psitt. Guia-...
-Genus Psittacus
From the Maccaw division we now proceed to the subfamily Psittacina, containing a numerous assemblage of species, distinguished by their comparatively stout and generally even tail. The larger species...
-Festive Parrot
Psiitacus festivus. - Auctorum. Psittacus festivus, Linn. - Lath, etc. - Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. p. 580. - Le Perroquet Tahua de Cay. Buff. Pl Enl. 480. - Perroquet Tavoua, Le Vaill ...
-Amazons' Parrot
Psittacus Amazonius - Auctorum. Psittacus Amazonius, Briss. Av. 4. p. 256 - Wagler, Man. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. p. 496. and 588 - Spix. Av. Bras. p. 45 - Le Peroquet Amazone, Buff. PL Enl. 547. - A...
-Ash-Coloured Or Grey Parrot
Psittacus erythacus. - Linnaeus. Psittacus erythacus, Linn, Syst. Nat. et Auct. - Psittacus Guianensis cinereus, Bris. t. pl. 310. No. 49 - Peroquet cendre de Guinee, Buff. PL Enl. 311. - Ash-colou...
-Grand Electus
Electus grandis. - Wagler. Electus grandis, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. pp. 495, 472. - Psittacus grandis, Kuhl's Consp. p. 38, No. 50. Lath. Ind. Orn. i. p. 116, sp. 112, var. B - Psittacu...
-Le Vaillant's Pionus
Pionus Le Vaillantii. - Wagler. Pionus Le Vaillantii, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. pp. 499, 614 - Psittacus robustus, Lath. Ind. Orn. i. p. 94. - Psittacus Le Vaillantii, Lath. Sup.; Kuhl, C...
-Swindern's Love-Bird
Agapornis Swinderianus. Psittacus Swinderianus, Kuhl, Consp. Psitt. in Nov. Act., etc.,p. 104, pl. 2. - Psittacula Swinderiana, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc, p. 621. This beautiful little ...
-Southern Nestor
Nestor hypopolius - WaglEr. Nestor hypopolius, Wag. Mon. Psitt. in Abhand- & c, p. 505 and 696 - Psittacus nestor, Lath. Ind. Orn. 1, p. 110 sp. 85; Kuhl, Consp. Psitt. in Nov. Act. etc, p. 86 -Psi...
-Tricolour-Crested Cockatoo
Plyctolophus Leadbeateri. - Vigors. Plyctolophus Leadbeateri, Vigors, Philos. Mag. 1831 p. 55. Lear's Parrots. - Cacatua Leadbeateri, Wag. Mon. Psxtt. in Abhand. 692, sp. 3. Distinguished by its...
-Lesser Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
Plyctolophus sulphureus. - Vieillot. Plyctolophus sulphureus, Lear's Parrots.-Psittacus sul-phureus, Lath. Ind. Orn. i. p. 109, sp. 81; Shaw's Zool vol. viii. p. 480, pl. 73. - Cacatua sulphurea, W...
-Stellated Geringore
Calyptorynchus stellatus. - Wagler. Calyptorynchus stellatus, Wagler, Mono. Psitt. in Abhand. etc., p. 685, sp. 3 - Banksian Cockatoo, Lath. Syn. Sup. ii. var. ii. p. 92. This species, which app...
-Goliah Aratoo
Microglossia aterrimus. - WAGLER. Microglossus aterrimus, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc., p. 682, sp. 1, Vieill. Gal. des Ois, tab. 50 - Psittacusgigas, Lath. Ind. Orn. i. p. 107, sp. 75. - Ps...
-Pesquet's Dasyptilus
Dasyptilus Pequetii. - WAGLER. Dasyptilus Pequetii, Wagler Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. p. 502, 601. - Psittacus Pequetii, Less, Illus. Zool. pl. 1. Named from the hairy or setaceous nature of th...
-Loriana
It is the second aberrant group of the family, representing the tenuirostral tribe of the Insessores, and consequently is analogous to the order Grallatores in the class Aves; and to the Glires among ...
-Purple-Capped Lory
Lorius domicellus. Psittacus domicella, Auct. - Domicella atricapilla, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. x. p. 567 - Peroquet lori a collier jaune, Le Vaill. p. 95. - Second black-capped Lory, Edw. pl...
-Papuan Lory
Charmosyna Papuensis. - Wagler. Charmosyna Papuensis, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc, p. 555. - Psittacus Papuensis, Lath. Ind. Orn. vol. i. p. 88, sp. 20. - Psitt. omnicolor, Lich. Catal. Rer....
-Blue-Bellied Lorikeet
Trichoglossus Swainsonii. - Jardine and Selby. Trichoglossus haematodus, Vig. and Horsf. in Linn. Trans. vol. xv. p. 289 - Trichoglossus multicolor, Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc, p. 553 - La ...
-Varied Lorikeet
Trichoglossus versicolor. Trichoglossus versicolor, Lear's Parrots. Nearly allied to the Trick, Swainsonii, in form and general aspect, another lovely species has lately been discovered in New H...
-Orange-Winged Lorikeet
Trichoglossus pyrrhopterus - Wagler. Brotogeris pyrrhopterus, Vig. Zool. Journ. ii. p. 400 - Psittacus pyrrhopterus, Lath. Ind. Orn. Sup. p. 22, No. 7; Vig. in Zool. Journ. i. 535. - Orange-winged ...
-Kuhl's Coriphilus
Coriphilus Kuhlii - Wagler. Coriphilus Kuhlii, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. p. 494, and 566. - Psittacula Kuhlii, Vig. in Zool. Journ. v. 1. p. 412. pl. 16. - Lear's Parrots. This beautiful littl...
-Sapphire-Crowned Psittacule
Psittaculus galgulus. - Wagler. Sapphire Crowned Psittacule. Native of the Indian Islands. Psittaculus vernalis, Swains. 2d Series Illust. (young male). - Psittacus galgulus, Lath. Ind. Orn. v. ...
-Platycercinae
We now arrive at the fifth or fissirostral division of the Psittacidae, which, by Mr Swainson, has been designated by the name of Platycercina (Broad-tail), the members of the genus Platycercus of Vig...
-Pennantian Broad-Tail
Plaiycercus Pennantii. - Vig. & Horse. Platycercus Pennantii, Vig. & Horsf. Linn, Trans, v. 15. p. 250. - Wagler, Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc. p. 535, pl. 17 - Psitt. Pennantii, Lath. lnd. Orn. p. 9...
-Pale-Headed Broadtail
Platycercus palliceps. Platycercus palliceps, Lear's Parrots. ThIs species, in form and habit, as well as tbe general disposition of its colours, is nearly allied to the Plat, eximius, Vig. (Non...
-Nanodes
From the typical genus Platycercus, we now pass on to a group composed of birds of smaller dimensions, but eminent for their delicate form and pleasing plumage, and which have not inaptly been termed ...
-Blue-Banded Nanodes
Nanodes venustus. - Vig. et Horsf. Nanodes venustus, Vig. et Horsf. Linn. Trans. b. 15, p. 278. - Euphemia chrysostoma, Wag. Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc, p. 492 and 544, No. 2. - Psitt. chrysostomos...
-Undulated Nanodes
Nanodes undulatus - Vig. Et Horsf. Nanodes undulatus, Vig. et Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. b. xv. p. 277. - Psittacus undulatus, Shaw's Nat. Mis. pl. 673. - Kuhl, Nov. Acta, etc., p. 49, No. 76. - Euph...
-Ground Parrot
Pezoporus formosus. - Illiger. Pezoporus formosus, Vig. el Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. v. 15, p. 285. - Wagler. Mon. Psitt. in Abhand. etc., p. 250. Psitt. formosus, Lath. Ind. Ornith. i. p. 103, No. ...
-Red-Cheeked Nymphicus
Nymphicus Novae Hollandice. - Wagler. The last group our limits permit us to mention, from its characters, which in many respects approach near to those of Pezoporus, seems naturally to be included...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton
By Baron Cuvier Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, Member of the Senate and of the Institute, Professor of Natural History to the Museum and the College of France, Member of the Academies and Scientific S...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton. Part 2
Buffon, of a vigorous frame and imposing appearance, of an imperious disposition, and ardent in all he undertook, seemed to have divined the truth and not to have observed it. His imagination continua...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton. Part 3
The study and arrangement of these treasures had become in him a true passion, the only one, perhaps, that was ever remarked in him. He shut himself up, for entire days, in the Cabinet. He reviewed, i...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton. Part 4
* There are, in general, seven: the Three Fingered Sloths, or the animals named Ai', have nine. It was not without some feeling of dissatisfaction that Reaumer saw himself eclipsed by a rival, whos...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton. Part 5
Daubenton so far forgot the little acts of injustice on the part of his old friend, that he afterwards contributed to many parts of the Natural History, although his name never appeared in connection ...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton. Part 6
Almost at every public sitting of the Academy he gave an account of his researches, and often obtained more applause from the gratitude of his assistants, than his associates received for the most dif...
-Biographical Memoir Of Daubenton. Part 7
Finally, besides all these works and lectures, Dau-benton had a share in editing the Journal des Savans; and, in his latter years, at the request of the Committee of Public Instruction, he had underta...









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