216 illustrations of birds including: calyptomena, canary, capercaille, caracara, cariama, carrion-crow, cassican, cassowary, cat-bird, ceyx, chiff chaff, chaffinch, chat, chick, chickadee, chicken, chough, chuck-will's-widow, cock, cockatoo, columba, condor, athene conneviens, coot, corella, cormorant, cotinga, courser, cow-bird, crane, creeper, criniger, crossbill, crow, crypturus, cuckoo, curassow, and curlew

"Cuculus canorus the familiar Cuckoo of Britain and nearly all the Old World, is greyish-brown above and on the throat, the lower parts being white barred with dusky, and the wings and tail shewing a few white markings. A chestnut-brown or "hepatic" phase is sometimes met with. The young are brown mottled with white on the nape."

Cuckoo

"Cuculus canorus the familiar Cuckoo of Britain and nearly all the Old World, is greyish-brown above…

"Geococcyx californianus. Ground Cuckoo. Chaparral Cock. Road Runner. Snake Killer. Paisano. Most of the feathers of the head and neck bristle-tipped; a naked area around eye; crown crested; plumage course. Above, lustrous bronzy or coppery-green, changing to dark steel-blue on the head and neck, to purplish-violet on the middle tail-feathers; everywhere except on rump conspicuously streaked with white, mixed with tawny on the head, neck, and wings - this white and buff streaking consisting of the edges of the feathers, which are frayed out, fringe-like, producing a peculiar effect. Breast, throat and sides of neck mixed tawny-white and black; other under parts dull soiled whitish. Primaries white, tipped and with oblique white space on outer webs. Lateral tail-feathers steel-blue with green violet reflections, their outer webs fringed part way with white, their tips broadly white. Lower back and rump, where covered by the folded wings, dark colored and unmarked; under surface of wings sooty-brown. Bare space around eye bluish and orange. Bill dark horn-color; feet the same, the larger scales yellowish." Elliot Coues, 1884

Ground Cuckoo Head

"Geococcyx californianus. Ground Cuckoo. Chaparral Cock. Road Runner. Snake Killer. Paisano. Most of…

An illustration of a cuckoo with a butterfly in its beak.

Cuckoo with Butterfly in Beak

An illustration of a cuckoo with a butterfly in its beak.

"Cuckoos lay from eight to ten eggs in the space of a few weeks. When an egg has been laid, the female seizes it in her beak and carries it to the first unoccupied nest in the vicinity."

American Cuckoo

"Cuckoos lay from eight to ten eggs in the space of a few weeks. When an egg has been laid, the female…

Averaging about twelve and a half inches in length, the black-billed cuckoo resembles the yellow-billed cuckoo, and inhabits the same regions.

Black-billed cuckoo

Averaging about twelve and a half inches in length, the black-billed cuckoo resembles the yellow-billed…

The Black-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, is a cuckoo. Adults have a long brown tail and a black bill. The head and upper parts are brown and the underparts are white. There is a red ring around the eye. Juveniles are drabber, and the eye ring is greenish. Their breeding habitat is edges of wooded areas across North America east of the Rockies. They nest in a low tree or shrub, sometimes on the ground. They sometimes lay eggs in the nests of other birds.

Black-billed Cuckoo

The Black-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, is a cuckoo. Adults have a long brown tail and a…

The Channel-Billed Cucko (Scythrops novaehollandiae) is the largest species of cuckoo and the largest brood parasite in the world.

Channel-Billed Cuckoo

The Channel-Billed Cucko (Scythrops novaehollandiae) is the largest species of cuckoo and the largest…

This Old World bird's plumage is gray or brown. They have a long tail, strong legs, and a slim body.

Common Cuckoo

This Old World bird's plumage is gray or brown. They have a long tail, strong legs, and a slim body.

A pair of European cuckoos roosting on a branch over a river.

European cuckoo

A pair of European cuckoos roosting on a branch over a river.

The great spotted cuckoo divides its time between North Africa and Southern Europe, laying its eggs in the nests of other birds for them to rear its offspring as their own.

Great spotted cuckoo

The great spotted cuckoo divides its time between North Africa and Southern Europe, laying its eggs…

"Geococcyx californianus. Ground Cuckoo. Chaparral Cock. Road Runner. Snake Killer. Paisano. Most of the feathers of the head and neck bristle-tipped; a naked area around eye; crown crested; plumage course. Above, lustrous bronzy or coppery-green, changing to dark steel-blue on the head and neck, to purplish-violet on the middle tail-feathers; everywhere except on rump conspicuously streaked with white, mixed with tawny on the head, neck, and wings - this white and buff streaking consisting of the edges of the feathers, which are frayed out, fringe-like, producing a peculiar effect. Breast, throat and sides of neck mixed tawny-white and black; other under parts dull soiled whitish. Primaries white, tipped and with oblique white space on outer webs. Lateral tail-feathers steel-blue with green violet reflections, their outer webs fringed part way with white, their tips broadly white. Lower back and rump, where covered by the folded wings, dark colored and unmarked; under surface of wings sooty-brown. Bare space around eye bluish and orange. Bill dark horn-color; feet the same, the larger scales yellowish." Elliot Coues, 1884

Ground Cuckoo

"Geococcyx californianus. Ground Cuckoo. Chaparral Cock. Road Runner. Snake Killer. Paisano. Most of…

The head of a Cuckoo, a bird belonging to the Scansores order. Scansores is an order of birds, popularly known as climbing birds. The most important of the families are the cuckoos, the woodpeckers and wry-necks, the parrots, the toucans, the trogons, the barbets, and the plantain-eaters.

Head of Cuckoo

The head of a Cuckoo, a bird belonging to the Scansores order. Scansores is an order of birds, popularly…

"The plumage is brownish, with white margins to the feathers and a purple tinge on the rufous-mottled head, neck, and breast; the back is greener, the tail more lilac, the abdomen white, the bare orbits blue and red. With its long stout legs this species covers the ground very quickly, running with outstretched neck, elevated crest, slightly expanded wings, and jerking tail, or springing into trees and taking brief flights." A. H. Evans, 1900

Two Radiated Ground Cuckoo, One with an Insect in its Mouth, the Other in a Tree Branch in a wooded Area

"The plumage is brownish, with white margins to the feathers and a purple tinge on the rufous-mottled…

"Coccygus americanus. Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bill black, extensively yellow below and on the sides of upper mandible. Feet dark plumbeous. Above, satiny olive-gray. Below, pure white. Wings extensively cinnamon-rufous on inner webs of the quills. Central tail-feathers like the back; the rest black with large white tips, the outermost usually also edged with white. Very constant in color, the chief variation being in extent and intensity of the cinnamon on the wings, which sometimes shows through when the wings are closed, and even tinges the coverts. Young differ chiefly in having the white ends of the tail-feathers less trenchant and extensive, the black not so pure; this state approaches the condition of erthrophthalmus, but does not match it." Elliot Coues, 1884

Small Yellow-billed Cuckoo

"Coccygus americanus. Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bill black, extensively yellow below and on the sides of…

A bird with a moderately curved beak, wide at th base and compressed beyond it, long pointed wings, a long graduated tail of 10 feathers.

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

A bird with a moderately curved beak, wide at th base and compressed beyond it, long pointed wings,…

Also known as the common American cuckoo, the yellow-billed cuckoo subsists on a diet of hairy caterpillars, cock-chafers, and the eggs of small birds.

Yellow-billed cuckoo

Also known as the common American cuckoo, the yellow-billed cuckoo subsists on a diet of hairy caterpillars,…

"Coccygus americanus. Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bill black, extensively yellow below and on the sides of upper mandible. Feet dark plumbeous. Above, satiny olive-gray. Below, pure white. Wings extensively cinnamon-rufous on inner webs of the quills. Central tail-feathers like the back; the rest black with large white tips, the outermost usually also edged with white. Very constant in color, the chief variation being in extent and intensity of the cinnamon on the wings, which sometimes shows through when the wings are closed, and even tinges the coverts. Young differ chiefly in having the white ends of the tail-feathers less trenchant and extensive, the black not so pure; this state approaches the condition of erthrophthalmus, but does not match it." Elliot Coues, 1884

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

"Coccygus americanus. Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bill black, extensively yellow below and on the sides of…

Naturally very gentle, they readily yield to captivity, when they become familiar, and evince pleasure in the caresses of their masters (Figuier, 1869).

Curassow

Naturally very gentle, they readily yield to captivity, when they become familiar, and evince pleasure…

Curassows are one of the three major groups of cracid birds. Three of the four genera are restricted to tropical South America; a single species of Crax ranges north to Mexico. They form a distinct clade which is usually classified as the subfamily Cracinae.

Curassow

Curassows are one of the three major groups of cracid birds. Three of the four genera are restricted…

Crax alector, Crested Curassow, is black with a purplish gloss, the belly being white, the naked lores and orbits black, the cere and base of the bill yellow, the tip bluish, and the feet horn-coloured. Throughout the whole genus, which is Central ad South American, the female has a curly crest barred with white." A. H. Evans, 1900

Crested Curassow

Crax alector, Crested Curassow, is black with a purplish gloss, the belly being white, the naked lores…

Native to Mexico, the galeated curassow has a hard crest on its head.

Galeated curassow

Native to Mexico, the galeated curassow has a hard crest on its head.

A large South American bird.

Globose Curassow

A large South American bird.

These birds are characterized by their curved beaks. Their food consists of insects, worms, slugs, aquatic mollusks, etc., which they obtain by thrusting their long and slender bills into mud or moist earth.

Curlew

These birds are characterized by their curved beaks. Their food consists of insects, worms, slugs, aquatic…

These birds are characterized by their curved beaks. Their food consists of insects, worms, slugs, aquatic mollusks, etc., which they obtain by thrusting their long and slender bills into mud or moist earth.

Curlew

These birds are characterized by their curved beaks. Their food consists of insects, worms, slugs, aquatic…

Distinguished by a long, slender bill which curves downward, the curlew feeds mostly on worms, slugs, small testaceans, and insects.

Curlew

Distinguished by a long, slender bill which curves downward, the curlew feeds mostly on worms, slugs,…

The curlews are a group of eight wader species, characterised by a long slender downcurved bill and mainly brown plumage with little seasonal change.

Curlew

The curlews are a group of eight wader species, characterised by a long slender downcurved bill and…

Curlew is the common name for the bird genus Numenius, a group of eight wader species, characterised by a long slender down-curved bill and mainly brown plumage with little seasonal change. Curlews feed on mud or very soft ground, searching for worms and other invertebrates with their long bills. They will also take crabs and similar items.

Curlew

Curlew is the common name for the bird genus Numenius, a group of eight wader species, characterised…

"Numenius arquata, the Curlew or Whaup, breeds freely on the moorlands of Britain; and extends throughout Northern Europe and Asia to Lake Baikal. The plumage is pale brown with darker streaks, the rump, tail, and axillaries being white, and the two latter barred with brown; the belly is white, the breast nearly in winter." A. H. Evans, 1900

Curlew

"Numenius arquata, the Curlew or Whaup, breeds freely on the moorlands of Britain; and extends throughout…

A curlew.

Curlew

A curlew.

"Numenius arquatus. Eurasian Curlew. European Curlew. Bill of very variably length, always longer than head, probably always exceeding the tarsus, sometimes more than length of entire leg; slender, curved downwards, the tip of the upper mandible knobbed and overhanging the end of the lower; obsoletely grooved nearly to end. Gape of mouth extended beyond base of culmen. Feathers reaching about equally far on sides of each mandible. Wings and tail ordinary; latter barred in color. Legs rather stout; tibia largely denuded below; tarsus much longer than middle toe and claw, scutellate in front only, elsewhere reticulate. Toes short and thick, fattened underneath, broadly margined on sides. Of large and medium stature, and plump form. Coloration variegated; rufous usually prevailing. Sexes alike; changes of plumage not pronounced." Elliot Coues, 1884

Eurasian Curlew

"Numenius arquatus. Eurasian Curlew. European Curlew. Bill of very variably length, always longer than…

The Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) is a wader in the family Scolopacidae.

Eurasian Curlew

The Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) is a wader in the family Scolopacidae.

"Numenius hudsonicus. Hudsonian Curlew Jack Curlew. General tone of coloration scarcely rufous, the under parts, and the variegation of the upper, being whitish or ochraceous. No white on rump, tail, or lining of wings. Top of head uniform blackish-brown, with well-defined whitish median and lateral stripes (as in phaeopus, but neither longirostris nor borealis). Upper parts brownish-black, speckled with whitish, ochraceous or pale cinnamon-brown, in same pattern as in longirostris, but the dark in excess of the light colors, and these never strongly rufescent. Tail ashy-brown (not rufous), with numerous narrow blackish bars. Primaries fuscous, marbled or broken-barred with pale color (pattern as in longirostris, tone not strongly rufous). Lining of wings and axillars rufescent, but spotted or barred throughout with dusky. Under parts soiled whitish or somewhat ochraceous, only obscurely rufescent on crissum, if anywhere; the jugulum and fore-breast with dusky streaks which, as in other species, change to arrow-heads or incomplete bars on sides of breast and body. Bill blackish, some part of lower mandible pale; feet dark." Elliot Coues, 1884

Hudsonian Curlew

"Numenius hudsonicus. Hudsonian Curlew Jack Curlew. General tone of coloration scarcely rufous, the…

A water bird with a long curved bill.

Long Billed Curlew

A water bird with a long curved bill.

"Numenius longirostris. Long-billed Curlew. Sickle-bill. Plumage very similar to that of the Godwit, Limosa faeda: prevailing tone rufous, of varying intensity in different specimens, usually deepest on the lining of the wings, which are little varied with other color. Primaries varied with rufous. Top of head variegated with blackish and rufous or whitish, without distinct pale median and lateral lines. Upper parts brownish-black, speckled with tawny or cinnamon-brown, each feather having several indentations or broken bars of this color; rufous prevailing on wing-coverts. Tail-feathers and secondaries cinnamon-brown, with pretty regular dark bars throughout. Under parts rufous or cinnamon of varying intensity, usually deepening to chestnut under the wings, fading to whitish on throat; the jugulum and fore-breast with dusky streaks which tend on the sides of breast and body to arrowheads or more or less complete bars; lining of wings, axillars, and crissum, mostly unmarked, though some spots may appear. No white on rump, tail, or wings. Bill black, much of under mandible pale-flesh-color or yellowish; legs dark. Little variation in plumage with sex, age, and season. Chicks hatch in whitish down, thickly blotched above with brownish-black; the bill straight, an inch long." Elliot Coues, 1884

long-billed Curlew

"Numenius longirostris. Long-billed Curlew. Sickle-bill. Plumage very similar to that of the Godwit,…

A young curlew.

Young curlew

A young curlew.

The Demoiselle, or Numidian crane.

Demoiselle

The Demoiselle, or Numidian crane.