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. Reptiles and birds : a popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting . Fig. 121.—Colhired Glareola (Hirunclo prantincula, Linti.). pointed, the tail forked. They live in flocks on the banks ofthe Danube, the Volga, and on the shores of the Black andCaspian Seas. They feed on worms, water-insects, and especiallylocusts, which they catch on the wing. The Jacanas or Parr.e are characterised by a straight and JACANAS. 329 middle-sized bill; legs armed witli pointed spurs; toes furnishedwith long and sharp-pointed claws, and a back toe

. Reptiles and birds : a popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting . Fig. 121.—Colhired Glareola (Hirunclo prantincula, Linti.). pointed, the tail forked. They live in flocks on the banks ofthe Danube, the Volga, and on the shores of the Black andCaspian Seas. They feed on worms, water-insects, and especiallylocusts, which they catch on the wing. The Jacanas or Parr.e are characterised by a straight and JACANAS. 329 middle-sized bill; legs armed witli pointed spurs; toes furnishedwith long and sharp-pointed claws, and a back toe Stock Photo
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. Reptiles and birds : a popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting . Fig. 121.—Colhired Glareola (Hirunclo prantincula, Linti.). pointed, the tail forked. They live in flocks on the banks ofthe Danube, the Volga, and on the shores of the Black andCaspian Seas. They feed on worms, water-insects, and especiallylocusts, which they catch on the wing. The Jacanas or Parr.e are characterised by a straight and JACANAS. 329 middle-sized bill; legs armed witli pointed spurs; toes furnishedwith long and sharp-pointed claws, and a back toe longer eventhan the front ones. These birds inhabit Asia, Africa, and SouthAmerica. In Brazil they are called Surgeon-birds, from theresemblance the claw on their back toe bears to a lancet. Theyfrequent swamps, lagoons, and the margins of pools. Theywalk on the wide-spreading leaves of tropical aquatic plantswith perfect ease, although they swim very imperfectly : somenaturalists, indeed, declare that they cannot swim at all, and. Fig. 122.—Jacana {Pcirra nfricana, Sw.). they are probably justified iii this opinion by the appearance ofthe bird, which seems to have few characteristics of an aquaticspecies. Their flight is rapid, but not very high. The Jacanas live in pairs. They are exceedingly numerous,and perfectly fearless of man. They are restless and quarrelsomein their nature, frequently engaging in conflict with other birds,when they make good use of their spurs. They will defendtheir oiTspring with daring courage even against man himself,and will sacrifice their lives without hesitation in their defence.The male and the female evince the tenderest mutual attach-ment ; once united, they part no more during life. They maketheir nest in a clump of flags or other aquatic plants, in which the 330 GEALLATOEES, OE WADIKG BIEDS. female lays four or five eggs, on whicli she sits during the nightonly, the high temperature j)roduced by a tropical sun supplyingthe necessary wa

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