Albatrosses passed in the air, the expanse of their wings being at least four yards and a half, and justly called the vultures of the ocean; some gigantic petrels, and some damiers, a kind of small duck, the underpart
of whose body is black and white; then there were a whole series of petrels, some whitish, with brown-bordered wings, others blue, peculiar to the Antarctic seas, and so oily, as I told Conseil, that the inhabitants of the Ferroe Islands had nothing to do before lighting them but to put a wick in.
Ringed plovers are much smaller than lapwings and have brown backs and white underparts
, while they have white foreheads surrounded by two black bands.
It's a hypnotic experience, even for serious twitchers who come here with lists to tick off the endemic and vulnerable multicoloured tanager: yellow face, black patches bordered by chestnut, emerald green wings, bright blue underparts
This bird is medium-sized and short-tailed with a distinct small, bright orange central patch to otherwise white underparts
, hence the name Bleeding Heart.
And these days I no longer find myself able to admire the ghostly apparitions of hunting barn owls, surely one of our most beautiful birds with their stunning gold and silver plumage set against white underparts
. Now, not only is the barn owl disappearing but as recently reported, so too is our commonest owl the tawny.
A frequent visitor to backyard feeders, the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) has a black head and bib, white cheeks and underparts
, buff sides, and greyish-blue upper surfaces.
The pitta in the photos has buff (pale yellow-brown) underparts
, a detail that rules out the hooded pitta, which has mostly green underparts
The male sports a dark cap, white eyebrow, black line through the eye, orangish underparts
and blue-gray back.
are nearly white and the head and neck are usually lighter in color.
Golden pheasant factfile | |The golden pheasant - Latin name Chrysolophus pictus - was introduced from China about 100 years ago | In China, the bird is considered to be a sign of good luck and prosperity | The male is brightly coloured with a yellow crown and lower back, dark wings and upper neck, red underparts
and long finely barred tail while the female has mottled brown plumage and a pale brown face, throat, breasts and sides | The bird's diet includes berries, grubs, seeds and buds | The UK has between 50 and 100 breeding pairs with the female laying a clutch of about eight to 12 eggs in April
However, the specimen carried by the jaguar lacks the white belly and underparts
on the base of the tail, its shape and length together with that of the legs clearly differing from that of a curassow.