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The Hangbird Water Pheasant Yellow Titmoule
Crow Blackbird Paroquet of Carolina Fox coloured Thruih
Turile of Carolina
Summer Red-bird Water-wagiul
Large red crelted do
Tellow. bellied do.
Smalleu-forted do. Pheasant, or Moun-Tyrant
tain Partridge Cřetted Titmouse Catesby observes, that the binds of America generally exceed those of Europe in zle beauty of theis plumage, but are much inferior to them in the melody of their potes.
The Water Pelican inhabits the Millilippi. Its pouch hok's a peck.
The LARK is a lofty bird, and foars as high is anr of the inhabitants of the airy region. Hence the old proverb, · When the sky falls we hall catch larks.'
The WHIP-POOR-ill is remarkable for the plaintive melody of its notes. It acquires its name from the noise it makes, which oth people of the States sounds Whip-poor-trill, to the Indians mul-2-uifs. A ftriking proof how differently the fame founds impiei dilerini pezíons !
The Loow is a water fowl, of the same recies of the Dobclick, liis an exceedingly nimble bird, and to expert at diving, that it is with grcas difficulty killed.
The PARTRIDGE. In some parts of the country there are cliree or four different kinds of Pariridges, all of them larger than the Partridges of Eu. jope. What is call d the Quail in New-fingland, is denominated Partridge in the southern states, where the tme lartridge is net to be found,
The WAKON-BIRD, which probably is of the same frecies with the Bird of Paradise, receives its name from the ideas the Indians have of its superior excellence; the Wakon-bird being in their language the bird of the Great Spirit. It is nearly the size of the fusallow, of a brown colour, Maded about the neck with a bright green. The wings are of a dasker
Of the Snakes which infelt the United States, are the following, viz.
Striped or Garter Snake
Two-headed do. .
The Joint Snake is a great curiosity. Its kir: is as hard as parchmens, and as sincoth as glass. It is beautifully itreaked with black and white. It is fo titi, and has so few joints, and those lo unyielding, that it can hardly bend itself into the form of a hoop. When it is ftruck, it breaks like a pipe item; and you may, with a whip, break it from the tail to the howels into pieces not an inch long, and not produce the leait tincture of blood. It is not venomous.
The TWO-HEADED SVAKE. Whether this be a ditinct species of snakes incended to propagate its kind, or whether it be a monitrous production, is uncertain. The only ones I hare known or heard of in this country, are, one taken near Champlain in 1762, and one preserved in the Museum of Yale College, in New Haven.
The snakes are not so numerous nor so vinomous in the northern as in the southern Itates. In the latter, however, the inhabitants are furnished with a much greater variety of plants and herbs, which afford immediate relief to persons bitten by these venomous creatures. It is an observation. worthy of perpetual and grateful remembrance, that wherever venomous animals are found, the God of nature has kindly provided sufficient antidotes against their poison.
Of the astonishing variety of INSECTS found in America, we will mention · The Glow Worm Sheep Tick
Fire-Fly, or Pug Spider
The ALLIGATOR is a species of the crocodile, and in appearance one of the ugliest creatures in the world. They are amphibious, and live in and about creeks, swamps, and ponds of fagnant water. They are very fond of the flesh of dogs and hogs, which they voraciously devour when they have opportunity. They are aiso very fond of fish, and devour vaft quantities of theil). When tired with lithing, they leave the water to bak themselves in the sun, and then appear more like logs of half rotten wood ihrown ashore by the current, than living creatures; but upon perceiving any vesel or person near them, they inmediately throw themselves into the water. Some are of so monstrous a size as to exceed five yards in length. During the time they lie balking on the shore, they kecp their huge mouths wide open till filled with muikeroes, fies, and other insects, when they suddenly ihut their jaws and swallow their prey.
The alligator is an oviparous creature. The female makes a large hole in the sand near the brink of a river, and there deposits her eggs, which are as white as those of a hen, but inuch larger and more folid. She generally lays about an hundred, continuing in the saine place till they are all deposited, which is a day or two. She then covers them with the fand, and the better to conceal them, rolls herself not only over her precious depositum, but to a considerable distance. After this precaution, the returns to the water, and carries until natural instinct informs her that it is time to deliver her young from their confinement ; The then goes to the foot, at. tended by the male, and tearing up the fand, begins to break the eggs; but so carefully that scarce a fingle one is injured, and a whole swarm of little alligators is seen crawling about. The female then takes them on