By William Henry Edwards
William H. Edwards (1822-1909) used to be an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to medical learn. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his recognized excursion to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from ny, brief place of abode within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. a professional observer, Edwards describes in attention-grabbing aspect the animals, vegetation and geography of the zone, speaking his satisfaction at every one discovery. Highlights of the amount contain shiny depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique culmination and birds, and observations at the customs of the neighborhood Portuguese and local populations. meant to be used by means of either the naturalist and the final reader, this booklet will captivate somebody attracted to the heritage of commute and exploration, in addition to the advance of clinical learn within the tropics.
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The Cardinal is less common than the others, and is more generally seen in pairs, breeding in the months of August and September, near the mills. The other species seem transient visitors, generally abundant in May and June, and at that season associating in large flocks. There is another variety, the Carunculated chatterer, sometimes called the Bell-bird, occasionally seen near Pard. Mr. Leavens seems to be the only person who has met with them, having obtained a pair in the deep forest. This bird is the size of a small dove, and of a pure white colour when mature.
Probably owing to this cause it is very unusual to find more than two eggs in one nest. The red-rumped troopials shot in this place were of different sizes, some being several inches longer than others, although all were in mature plumage. Their nests were perhaps larger than those of the japims, but differed in no other respect. The eggs were white, spotted with brown, and particularly on the larger end. The japim's eggs were cream-coloured, and similarly spotted; and the eggs of the ruff-necked orioles were large in proportion to the size of the bird, bluish in colour, and much spotted, and lined with dark brown.
The great dependence of the Pard, market is beef. Upon Marajo, and neighbouring islands, vast herds of cattle roam the campo, and large canoes are constantly engaged in transporting them to the city. But often they are poor when taken, and the passage from the islands averaging from four days to a week, during which time they have little to drink and nothing at all to eat, those who survive are but skin and bone. Killed in this state, it may readily be imagined that Pard beef is deficient in some points considered as excellences in the Fulton market.