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By J. Murray Speirs, Robert Bateman

This broad and lengthy late paintings of reference covers the entire chook species, greater than four hundred of that have been recorded within the province of Ontario. Birds of Ontario includes an id and outline of all species, with 344 notable color plates. someone with even an informal curiosity in birds will locate the color plates and informative textual content of substantial curiosity. This quantity features a checklist of all of the birds pointed out in Ontario as much as the top of 1983, with the typical and clinical names given by way of the yankee Ornithologists' Union 1983 Check-list as prepared in that paintings.

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The bicolor in its specific name refers to the chiefly yellowish or buffy brown body with very dark brown flight and tail feathers. A blackish stripe extending from the crown down the back of the neck, a whitish stripe along the sides below the wings and whitish tail coverts add class to the otherwise obscure plumage. In flight the slow, gooselike wingbeats and the long legs extending beyond the tail are good field marks. Cygnus columbianus (Ord) inOntario most observers connect this species with the great springtime concentrations at Long Point and elsewhere along the north shore of Lake Erie.

Because of supposed competition with fishermen, it is not a common bird in Ontario. I believe that their persecution is short-sighted, as the guano from such birds is the natural fertilizer that initiates the food chain upon which fishes ultimately depend. The only species with which this big, black waterbird might be confused are the closely related Great Cormorant and the Anhinga, both very rare in Ontario (see the accounts of these species for distinctions). A. There are just two old specimen records for Ontario.

Wingspread. The kite differs in having white under wing coverts, dark in the frigate-bird. Adult male frigate-birds are all black, females have a white breast and young have both white breast and head (in which they most resemble the kite). Botaurus lentiginosus (Rackett) s aunders and Dale (1933: 170) wrote: "their wellknown pumping is a characteristic sound from marsh and bog" and indeed most observations are based on this "plum puddin" sound. Early in spring when cover is scarce they may be seen around marsh edges with beak pointed skyward, looking in silhouette like a broken stump or snag.

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