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The Christian is a partaker of the divine nature; and God is love; and he that bears that name should delight to imitate Him who feedeth the

young ravens when they cry, and openeth his hand and satisfieth every living thing.

This bird supplies man with the most delicate food; and even the very look of a farm-yard, with this family about, gives sprightliness and cheerfulness to all around.

When the breed is good, it is calculated that a hen will lay between two and three hundred eggs in the year; though she rarely hatches more than one brood. The egg-shell, being formed of the finest preparation of lime, is used in medicine.

GENUS NUMIDIA.- The Guinea Hen. The name of this fowl is taken from its native country, Guinea, in Africa; though now it is in a domestic state all over Europe. It is also found in America ; but it is supposed to have been imported there early in the sixteenth century. It is a beautiful bird, with spotted plumage, rather larger than the common hen.

GENUS CRAX.The Curassow. This bird is nearly as large as a hen turkey; the bill is black at the point. The head is adorned with a beautiful feathery crest. The whole body is jet black--quite glossy. It frequents the settlements of Berbice and Demarara.

GENUS TETRAO.The Cock-of-the-wood. This is a very large bird, weighing at times fourteen pounds. It is common in the Alps, France, Germany, and the Highlands of Scotland. It feeds princi

pally on corn: and, as you may imagine from its size, makes no small havoc amongst it. The female bird is much smaller than the cock. They feed also on ants' eggs, and on the cones of the fir.

The Black Cock. This bird, like the cock-of-the-wood, is fond of woody or mountainous districts. It weighs, when full grown, four pounds. It is also called the Black Grouse.

The Moor Fowl. This valuable bird is peculiar to the British Isles, and weighs from fourteen ounces to a pound.

The Ptarmigan. In these kingdoms, this bird is only found on the summits of the mountains of Scotland and Cumberland.

The Bustard. This bird is now almost extinct in England. When full grown the wings expand nine feet; the female is not more than half the size of the male.

The male has a tuft of feathers about five inches long on the lower mandible; the head and neck are of the peculiar colour of ashes, the back is transversely barred with black and rust colour.

These birds used to frequent Salisbury Plain, and other of our large commons, but now they are rarely seen.

The Partridge. This bird is found in every climate, from the arctic regions to the tropics; and its plumage is adapted to its country. In Greenland it is brown in summer, and white in winter. The flesh of the partridge is delicate and nutritious.

The Quail. This is the smallest bird of this family; but that it is a bird of passage is singular. It was with this bird that the Lord

miraculously fed the Israelites when they wandered in the wilderness. (Exod xvi. 13, Numbers xi. 13–32.)


Comprising the Ostrich, the Cassowary, the Dodo. The Ostrich. This is the largest of birds; and seems, from its habits, to be a link between the quadruped and feathered tribes. When the ostrich stands erect it is not unlike the camel, appearing nearly as high as a man on horseback. When the head is extended, from the top of it to the tail is nearly six feet, and the tail one foot more. The large "ostrich feathers,” are at the extremities of the tail and wings; for its covering generally is more like hair. It inhabits the regions of Africa and Asia within the torrid zone. It is adapted in a most admirable degree to the country it inhabits, as it seldom drinks. The following passage in Job gives the natural history of the ostrich. “Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. . . . Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich ? Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, and forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear; because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider,” (Job xxxix. 6, 13—18.)

The Cassovary. This bird in stature is second only to the Ostrich; it is about five or six feet, at its largest size, from the bill to the claws. The wings are in a great measure concealed under the feathers of the back. The cassowary is provided with a kind of natural helmet of horn, which will resist a heavy blow. Its eye is also very piercing

The Emu. This bird is like the cassowary; but is deficient of the helmet-like knob on its head, just spoken of. New Holland, and all those vast clusters of islands comprehending the Moluccas, Australia, &c., are the home of the emu. It is a gentle bird, and capable of being tamed.

The Dodo. This bird has not been seen by any person now living ; indeed, some naturalists have doubted if it ever existed. If


look in the Penny Cyclopædia, at the article bearing its name, you will find the subject examined into at great length; and, weighing all the evidence, it seems conclusive that a very large bird, bearing this name, was known to the natives of the Mauritius in the early part of the last century; and also in the one preceding. In the British Museum there is a foot of a large bird said to be the Dodo; and also a drawing of the bird itself. And in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford there is the head of one of the same species; which is the only remains of a once perfect bird, presented to the Museum in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Some of the most learned naturalists of the present day have thought, comparing all the evidence together,

that the bird to which these remains belonged, was greater than the ostrich.

The traditional accounts of the natives of the Mauritius, and the journals of voyagers, concur in stating; that the Dodo was a bird of great size, and excellent for food; though, in this last particular, some of them differ.



Comprising the Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Sparrow, Fieldfare, Grosbeak, and many


Though this is the least family of the birds of the air, yet is it by far the most interesting. It is to it that we are indebted for “the melody of the groves;"--for the blackbird, the thrush, and thousands of other birds of this family, wake up the morning with the sprightliness of their song; and as the evening shades set in, the pensive solitary whistle here or there, is in keeping with the quiet calmness of the time; and when all is hushed and still, how beautiful is the song of the nightingale to her mate, cheering “ the live-long night;" and though our gardens and orchards may suffer from some of this family, yet, as has been found, we should suffer far more from their absence ; for fly-catchers and insect and worin-destroyers are of more value to us than we generally are aware of. This family we will consider in

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