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The White Fulica

FULICA ALBA

Fulica alba, rostro fronteque rubris, humeris spinosis, pedibus flavis? Corpus magnitudine sere gallinae domesticae. Humeri spina parva incurvata. In specimine exsiccato pedes flavi; sed fortasse in viva ave rostro concolores.

White Fulica, with the bill and front red, shoulders spined, legs and feet yellow?

The body is about the size of a domestic fowl. The shoulders are furnished with a small crooked spine. In the dried specimen the legs and feet are yellow, but, perhaps, in the living bird might have been of the same colour with the beak.

This bird is the only species of its genus yet known of a white colour. The birds of this genus rank in the order called by Linnæus Grallæ, and most of the species frequent watery places. To this genus belongs the well-known bird called the Moor-hen, or Fulica chloropus; as also a very beautiful exotic species called the Purple Water-hen, which is the Fulica porphyrio of Linnæus, and which in shape much resembles the White Fulica now described.

Colour plate facing page 238 of 'The White Fulica'



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