104 illustrations of birds including: quail, quelea, querula, quezal, rail, raven, razorbill, redpoll, redshank, redstart, reed-warbler, regulus, rhea, robin, roller, rook, rosella, and ruff

A most beautiful Central American bird of the Trogon family. It is about the size of a magpie and the male is adorned with tail-fathers from three to three and a half feet in length, and of a gorgeous emerald colour.

Quezal Bird

A most beautiful Central American bird of the Trogon family. It is about the size of a magpie and the…

A bird belonging to the family Sylviadae, nearly allied to the nearest, but having a more slender form and a more slender bill. It is found in almost all parts of Britain as a summer bird of passage, and has a soft sweet song.

Redstart Bird

A bird belonging to the family Sylviadae, nearly allied to the nearest, but having a more slender form…

A very beautiful bird of Australia, belonging to the family Meliphagidae or honey-eaters. The color of the plumage is golden yellow and deep velvety black. It was discovered during the regency of George IV., and was named in compliment to him.

Regent Bird

A very beautiful bird of Australia, belonging to the family Meliphagidae or honey-eaters. The color…

The quail has a small beak, a short back toe inserted high up, tarsi furnished with a rudimentary spur in the shape of a horny tubercle.

Quail

The quail has a small beak, a short back toe inserted high up, tarsi furnished with a rudimentary spur…

A mother quail and her young

Quail

A mother quail and her young

A genera of mid-sized birds in the Pheasant family.

Quail

A genera of mid-sized birds in the Pheasant family.

A class of birds of the partridge family, differing from other partridges mainly in being smaller and having longer wings and a shorter tail.

Quail

A class of birds of the partridge family, differing from other partridges mainly in being smaller and…

Has a stout bill; crested head; a very short tail that almost retracts.

Quail

Has a stout bill; crested head; a very short tail that almost retracts.

A small game bird found mostly in America.

Quail

A small game bird found mostly in America.

A quail; Coturnix communis.

Quail

A quail; Coturnix communis.

"Coturnix dactylisonans. Messina Quail. Migratory Quail. Common Quail of Europe. Upper parts variegated with buff or whitish and black upon a mixed reddish-brown and gray ground, the most conspicuous markings being sharp lance-lineal lengthwise stripes of buff or whitish over most of the upper parts, these dashes mostly edged with black; other less prominent buff or whitish cross-bars, several to a feather, likewise framed in black. Crown mixed brown and black, with sharp median and lateral buff stripes. Throat white, bounded before by a dark bar curving down behind the auriculars; behind, by a necklace of ruddy-brown, blackish, or whitish spots; chin varied with dark marks n advance of the auricular bar. Under parts fading to whitish from the buff or pale yellowish-brown breast, without any dark crossbars, but the long feathers of the sides and flanks with large and conspicuous white shaft-stripes and otherwise variegated with black, brown, and buff. Primaries fuscous, spotted with light brown on outer webs; secondaries similar, but the markings becoming bars on both webs. Tail-feathers brownish-black, much varied with shaft-lines, cross-bars, and edgings of buff; crissum immaculate, like the abdomen. Bill dark; feet pale; iris dark brown." Elliot Coues, 1884

Common Quail of Europe

"Coturnix dactylisonans. Messina Quail. Migratory Quail. Common Quail of Europe. Upper parts variegated…

Also known as the <em>hemipode</em>, the Andelusian quail is found in Spain, North Africa, and Sicily.

Andelusian Quail

Also known as the hemipode, the Andelusian quail is found in Spain, North Africa, and Sicily.

A hunted quail.

Bob White Quail

A hunted quail.

A genus of rasorial birds, included in the family of partridges, to which they are nearly allied, but from which they differ in being smaller, in having a relatively shorter tail, no red space above the eye, longer wings, and no spur on the legs. The common quail is a migratory bird, and is found in every country of Europe, and in many spaces of Asia and Africa.

Common Quail

A genus of rasorial birds, included in the family of partridges, to which they are nearly allied, but…

The common quail (Coturnix communis) is a bird of the pheasant family.

Common Quail

The common quail (Coturnix communis) is a bird of the pheasant family.

An illustration of two adult quail and six baby quail.

Group of Adult & Baby Quail

An illustration of two adult quail and six baby quail.

"The Quail is a small game bird; the Virginia species is common in North America, and so far south as Honduras. It is larger than the European quail, and is better eating. The California crested quail is another American species. THe quail, genus Coturnix, is widely distributed over the Eastern Hemisphere, visiting Europe in early summer and returning S. in the autumn, when immense numbers are caught and fattened for the market. Length about seven inches, general color reddish-brown, with buff streaks on the upper surface; throat rufous; head, dark brown above, striped with ocherous white, sides reddish-brown, lower parts pale buff, fading into white on belly. Color less bright in the hen bird, and the rufous tinge absent from the throat. They nest on the ground, laying from 9 to 15 pyriform, yellowish-white eggs, blotched with dark-brown. The males are polygamous and extremely pugnacious."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Lophortyx Californicus Quail

"The Quail is a small game bird; the Virginia species is common in North America, and so far south as…

"Cyrtonyx massena. Massena Partridge. Male: Upper parts intimately waved with black and reddish-brown and tawny-brown, and marked with sharp buff or whitish shaft-lines; on the wings the irregular black variegation changing to black bars and round spots, in regular paired series on each feather. Outer quills fuscous, their outer webs spotted with white or buff. Under parts crowded with innumerable round white spots on a dark ground, several pairs on each feather; the middle line of the breast and belly mahogany-colored, the flanks, vent, and crissum velvety-black. Top of head black in front, with slight white touches, changing on the crest to brown. Sides of the head and throat fantastically striped with black and white; a broad black throat-patch; another on the cheeks, across lored alongside of crown; a third on the ear-coverts; a fourth bordering the white all around behind." Elliot Coues, 1884

Massena Quail

"Cyrtonyx massena. Massena Partridge. Male: Upper parts intimately waved with black and reddish-brown…

A migratory quail.

Messina Quail

A migratory quail.

"Orortyx picta. Plumed Partridge. Mountain Quail. Back, wings and tail olive-brown, the inner secondaries and tertiaries bordered with whitish or tawny, forming a lengthwise border in single line when the wings are folded; the primaries fuscous, the tail-feathers fuscous, minutely marbled with the color of the back. Fore-parts, above and below, slaty-blue (above more or less glossed with olive shade of the back, below minutely marbled with black); the throat chestnut, immediately bordered laterally with black, then framed in the firm white line, broken through the eye, reappearing around base of under mandible. Extreme forehead whitish, The arrow-plumes black. Belly chestnut, the sides banded with broad bars of black and white, or rufous-white; middle of the lower belly, tibia, and flanks, whitish or rufous; crissum velvety-black, streaked with chestnut. Bill dusky, paler below; feet brown." Elliot Coues, 1884

Mountain Quail

"Orortyx picta. Plumed Partridge. Mountain Quail. Back, wings and tail olive-brown, the inner secondaries…

A pair of American quails, esteemed as a game bird.

American Quails

A pair of American quails, esteemed as a game bird.

A pair of European quails, which migrate between Europe and Africa annually.

European Quails

A pair of European quails, which migrate between Europe and Africa annually.

The crimson beaked weaver bird of Africa.

Quelea

The crimson beaked weaver bird of Africa.

A fruit crow.

Querula

A fruit crow.

An endangered South American bird with vibrant red and green plumage. It is thought to be extinct.

Quezal

An endangered South American bird with vibrant red and green plumage. It is thought to be extinct.

"Pharomacrus mocinno, the Quezal of the higher districts of Guatemala to Veragua, is brilliant iridescent green above, tinged with blue on the far extended tail-coverts; the throat is green, the under parts are gorgeous crimson, the remiges and the six median rectrices are black, the remainder chiefly white." A. H. Evans, 1900

Quezal

"Pharomacrus mocinno, the Quezal of the higher districts of Guatemala to Veragua, is brilliant iridescent…

These birds are weak fliers, preferring to hide from predators.

Rail

These birds are weak fliers, preferring to hide from predators.

A genus of birds that includes about 150 species, whih are distributed throughout the world. They include the rails proper, the water hens, the coots, and the crakes.

Rail

A genus of birds that includes about 150 species, whih are distributed throughout the world. They include…

"Group of birds related to the coots and gallinules." -Foster, 1921

Rail

"Group of birds related to the coots and gallinules." -Foster, 1921

The Malaysian Rail Babbler (Eupetes macrocerus) is a songbird in the Passeriformes order.

Malaysian Rail Babbler

The Malaysian Rail Babbler (Eupetes macrocerus) is a songbird in the Passeriformes order.

"Porzana carolina. Carolina Crake. Common Rail. "ortolan." Above, olive-brown, varied with black, with numerous sharp white streaks and specks; flanks, axilars and lining of wings, barred with white and blackish; belly whitish; crissum rufescent. Face and central line of throat black, the rest of the throat, line over eye, and especially the breast, more or less intensely slate-gray, the sides of the breast usually also with some obsolete whitish barring and speckling." Elliot Coues, 1884

Carolina Rail

"Porzana carolina. Carolina Crake. Common Rail. "ortolan." Above, olive-brown, varied with black, with…

"Rallus longirostris crepitans. Clapper Rail. Salt-water Marsh-hen. Mud-hen. Above, variegated with olive-brown and pale olive-ash, the latter edging the feathers, the variegation dull and blended. Below, pale dull ochrey-brown, whitening on the throat, frequently ashy-shaded on the breast, without decided cinnamon-brown shade. Flanks, axillars, and lining of wings, fuscous-gray, with sharp narrow white bars. Quills and tail plain dark-brown, without chestnut on the coverts. Eyelids and short superciliary line whitish. The general tone is that of a gray bird, without any reddishness." Elliot Coues, 1884

Clapper Rail

"Rallus longirostris crepitans. Clapper Rail. Salt-water Marsh-hen. Mud-hen. Above, variegated with…

Also known as the Carolina rail, soree rail, and the English rail, the common American rail is found in the temperate wetlands of the United States.

Common American Carolina Rail

Also known as the Carolina rail, soree rail, and the English rail, the common American rail is found…

Generally inhabiting Europe, the land-rail is also known as the corn-crake. It averages about seven inches in length.

Land Rail

Generally inhabiting Europe, the land-rail is also known as the corn-crake. It averages about seven…

"Porzana carolina. Carolina Crake. Common Rail. "ortolan." Above, olive-brown, varied with black, with numerous sharp white streaks and specks; flanks, axilars and lining of wings, barred with white and blackish; belly whitish; crissum rufescent. Face and central line of throat black, the rest of the throat, line over eye, and especially the breast, more or less intensely slate-gray, the sides of the breast usually also with some obsolete whitish barring and speckling." Elliot Coues, 1884

Small Carolina Rail

"Porzana carolina. Carolina Crake. Common Rail. "ortolan." Above, olive-brown, varied with black, with…

A species of numerous bird of Europe.

Sora Rail

A species of numerous bird of Europe.

A dark colored bird with orange&mdash;brown legs and slim red bill.

Virginia Rail

A dark colored bird with orange—brown legs and slim red bill.

The common European water-rail is native to warmer parts of Europe, as well as portions of Asia.

Common European Water Rail

The common European water-rail is native to warmer parts of Europe, as well as portions of Asia.

A group of birds of the order <em>Rasores</em>, settled around a farmyard scene.

Rasores

A group of birds of the order Rasores, settled around a farmyard scene.

Ravens are sedentary birds, and never voluntarily abandon the place they have elected for their home, (Figuier, 1869).

Raven

Ravens are sedentary birds, and never voluntarily abandon the place they have elected for their home,…

The raven has a broat palate, its diet including worms, brubs, reptiles, birds' eggs, fish, and shell-fish.

Raven

The raven has a broat palate, its diet including worms, brubs, reptiles, birds' eggs, fish, and shell-fish.

"The Raven is a large bird of the crow family. The raven has played an important part in mythology and folk-lore. It is the first bird mentioned by name in the Old Testament; by the ministry of ravens Elijah was fed, and they were to be the ministers of vengeance on unruly children. The raven was the bird of Odin, and in classic mythology was of ill-omen, a character often attributed to it by the early English dramatists. Marlowe calls it the 'sad presageful raven.' and Shakespeare repeatedly refers to the belief that its appearance foreboded misfortune. This belief, which is widespread, probably arose from the preternaturally grave manner of the bird, its sable plumage, and the readiness with which it learns to imitate human speech."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Raven

"The Raven is a large bird of the crow family. The raven has played an important part in mythology and…

A bird with black plumage with a metallic sheen, the bill and feet are ebony black, the wings pointed and the tail rounded.

Raven

A bird with black plumage with a metallic sheen, the bill and feet are ebony black, the wings pointed…

"Corvus corax, the Raven, are generally black with a purplish or greenish gloss, and frequently with white at the base of the feathers; some, however, are browner."

Raven

"Corvus corax, the Raven, are generally black with a purplish or greenish gloss, and frequently with…

"Corvus corax. American Raven. Feathers of throat somewhat stiffened, lengthened, pointed, lying loose from one another; those of neck with gray downy bases, as elsewhere on the body. Color entirely lustrous black, with chiefly purplish and violet burnishing." Elliot Coues, 1884

American Raven

"Corvus corax. American Raven. Feathers of throat somewhat stiffened, lengthened, pointed, lying loose…

"The Razorbill is an aquatic bird, the common auk, the sole species of the genus, the great auk being extinct."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Razorbill

"The Razorbill is an aquatic bird, the common auk, the sole species of the genus, the great auk being…

"Fuligula ferina americana. Red-head. American Pochard. The feathers of the head somewhat full and puffy, though forming no crest. Bill broad and flattened, a little widened toward end, running into the forehead which arches abruptly over and away from it, not rising gradually into line with forehead; shorter or not longer than head, 2 inches or less in length along culmen, the nostrils within its basal half; the forward end of nostril about 2/5 the way from upper corner to end of bill. Bill dull blue with a black belt at the end. Iris orange. Feet dull grayish-blue, with dusky webs and black claws. Head and neck all around rich pure chestnut, not obscured with dusky-brown, but with bronzy or coppery red reflections. Lower neck and fore parts of body above and below, with rump and tail-coverts above and below, blackish. Back mixed whitish and blackish in about equal amounts, the dark wavy lines distinct and unbroken. Sides of the body under the wings vermiculated much like the back, the undulations subsiding in the grayish-white of the middle under parts. Wing-coverts ashy-gray, minutely dotted with white; speculum hoary-ash, bordered internally with black; lining of wings mostly white. Female: Bill obscured bluish, with black belt near end; iris yellow." Elliot Coues, 1884

Large Redhead

"Fuligula ferina americana. Red-head. American Pochard. The feathers of the head somewhat full and puffy,…

"Fuligula ferina americana. Red-head. American Pochard. The feathers of the head somewhat full and puffy, though forming no crest. Bill broad and flattened, a little widened toward end, running into the forehead which arches abruptly over and away from it, not rising gradually into line with forehead; shorter or not longer than head, 2 inches or less in length along culmen, the nostrils within its basal half; the forward end of nostril about 2/5 the way from upper corner to end of bill. Bill dull blue with a black belt at the end. Iris orange. Feet dull grayish-blue, with dusky webs and black claws. Head and neck all around rich pure chestnut, not obscured with dusky-brown, but with bronzy or coppery red reflections. Lower neck and fore parts of body above and below, with rump and tail-coverts above and below, blackish. Back mixed whitish and blackish in about equal amounts, the dark wavy lines distinct and unbroken. Sides of the body under the wings vermiculated much like the back, the undulations subsiding in the grayish-white of the middle under parts. Wing-coverts ashy-gray, minutely dotted with white; speculum hoary-ash, bordered internally with black; lining of wings mostly white. Female: Bill obscured bluish, with black belt near end; iris yellow." Elliot Coues, 1884

Small Redhead

"Fuligula ferina americana. Red-head. American Pochard. The feathers of the head somewhat full and puffy,…

"Fuligula ferina americana. Red-head. American Pochard. The feathers of the head somewhat full and puffy, though forming no crest. Bill broad and flattened, a little widened toward end, running into the forehead which arches abruptly over and away from it, not rising gradually into line with forehead; shorter or not longer than head, 2 inches or less in length along culmen, the nostrils within its basal half; the forward end of nostril about 2/5 the way from upper corner to end of bill. Bill dull blue with a black belt at the end. Iris orange. Feet dull grayish-blue, with dusky webs and black claws. Head and neck all around rich pure chestnut, not obscured with dusky-brown, but with bronzy or coppery red reflections. Lower neck and fore parts of body above and below, with rump and tail-coverts above and below, blackish. Back mixed whitish and blackish in about equal amounts, the dark wavy lines distinct and unbroken. Sides of the body under the wings vermiculated much like the back, the undulations subsiding in the grayish-white of the middle under parts. Wing-coverts ashy-gray, minutely dotted with white; speculum hoary-ash, bordered internally with black; lining of wings mostly white. Female: Bill obscured bluish, with black belt near end; iris yellow." Elliot Coues, 1884

Redheads

"Fuligula ferina americana. Red-head. American Pochard. The feathers of the head somewhat full and puffy,…

A small fringilline bird. The male has a crimson poll, a rosy red breast, and the plumage streaked with flaxen and dusky brown and white.

Redpoll

A small fringilline bird. The male has a crimson poll, a rosy red breast, and the plumage streaked with…

"Aegiothus linaria. Common Redpoll. Common Red-poll. Frontlet, lores, and throat-spot sooty-black. Crown crimson. Above, variegated with brownish-yellow and dusky, the feathers having dark centres and flaxen edges. Rump streaked with dusky and white, and tinged with rosy, more or less so according to age and season. Below, white, the sides and crissum streaked with dusky, the entire fore-parts colored with rose-red more or less rich and extensive according to same circumstances. Wings and tail dusky, the feathers edged with whitish, the middle and greater coverts tipped with the same, forming two crossbars. Bill black or yellow, usually found yellow with dusky tip and edges. Feet blackish." Elliot Coues, 1884

Common Redpoll

"Aegiothus linaria. Common Redpoll. Common Red-poll. Frontlet, lores, and throat-spot sooty-black. Crown…

A wading bird having red shanks.

Redshank

A wading bird having red shanks.

The common red-shank averages about twelve inches in length, and makes its home along sea-shores, and the banks of rivers and streams.

Spotted Redshank

The common red-shank averages about twelve inches in length, and makes its home along sea-shores, and…

A genus of American birds, which are native to a region extending from Canada to Bolivia. About a dozen species have been described. They are very active, being skilled in catching flies and other insects while on the wing.

Redstart

A genus of American birds, which are native to a region extending from Canada to Bolivia. About a dozen…

"Our Ruticilla phoenicurus,the Redstart, is grey, with brown wings, chestnut breast, rump, and lateral rectrices, black face and throat; the hen being brownish above and buff below, with less brilliant chestnut tints." A. H. Evans, 1900

Redstart

"Our Ruticilla phoenicurus,the Redstart, is grey, with brown wings, chestnut breast, rump, and lateral…

A fly catching bird.

American Redstart

A fly catching bird.

The American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla, is a New World warbler. They breed in North America, across southern Canada and the eastern USA. These birds are migratory, wintering in Central America, the West Indies, and northern South America. They are very rare vagrants to western Europe. This species is unrelated to the Old World redstarts. This species derives its name from the male's red tail, start being an old word for tail.

American Redstart

The American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla, is a New World warbler. They breed in North America, across…

A black redstart perched on a branch in front of a stone building. It greatly resembles the redstart.

Black Redstart

A black redstart perched on a branch in front of a stone building. It greatly resembles the redstart.

A fly catching bird.

European Redstart

A fly catching bird.

Two European Redwing birds sitting on a tree branch. These song birds are usually brown with darker brown spots and white underparts. They also have red flanks and an off-white stripe above their eye. Male and female are similar in color.

European Redwing

Two European Redwing birds sitting on a tree branch. These song birds are usually brown with darker…