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The colours of the females are more uniform :—pale brown, the back streaked with black, the breast and belly white, and the neck plain Without the ruff.

It feeds on insects, worms, and roots, and makes its nest in a tuft of grass or rushes. The females are tolerably good for the table, but the male must be fattened before it is eatable. ‘The irritable and quarrelsome disposition of these birds is astonish- ing. When two males meet they are often so enraged with each other that a net may be passed over them without their perceiving it. If several are placed in the same cage, they will kill one another. The young ones may easily be reared; but it is extraordinary, that in the house, their inclination to fight abandons them; whilst most other birds, pacific in a state or freedom, are continually quarrelling and pecking one another when confined. It is customary in the duchy of Bremen to put these birds into enclosed gardens to destroy worms and other insects, but they retire into the house for the Winter; and here the old ones still quarrel both for food and the place they wish to lie down in. They are fed on bread soaked in milk, and meat.


a Tringa Cinclus, Lmuzsus; L’Alouette de Mer, Burrow; Der Meerlerche, Bscnsrsxu

Tms is a marsh bird, about the size of the redwing, and is very common on the banks of rivers, lakes, and large ponds. When it rises in the air it cries continually tzi, tzi, tzi, tzi.” Its beak is black, and its feet dark brownish green; the feathers on the upper part of the body are grey, glossy, and silky, with blackish bands notched on the sides, and bordered on the outer edge with rust red; a whitish streak passes above the eyes,

a whilst a narrow dark brown line crosses them ; the under part

of the body is pure white, but the breast is striped with dark brown ; the quill-feathers are black, the anterior having a broad white streak on the inner web, the others having the same on the outer web ; the greater coverts are tipped with white, which form two spots on the wings ; the three middle feathers of the tail are grey brown with black bands; the others are white, with dark brown bands. The female is rather larger, and her plumage is paler.