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The Natural History of Birds, Volume 7: From the French of the Count De Buffon: Illustrated with Engravings, and a Preface, Notes, and Additions, by the Translator

Series: The Natural History Of Birds Volume: 7

By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon (Author), William Smellie (Editor)

610 pages, 31 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2010 | #201444 | ISBN-13: 9781108023047
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.


1. The woodpeckers
2. The green woodpecker
3. The wryneck
4. The barbets
5. The tamatia
6. The tamatia with the head and throat red
7. The collared tamatia
8. The beautiful tamatia
9. The black and white tamatias
10. The barbets
11. The yellow-throated barbet
12. The black-throated barbet
13. The black-breasted barbet
14. The little barbet
15. The great barbet
16. The green barbet
17. The toucans
18. The toco
19. The yellow-throated toucan
20. The red-bellied toucan
21. The cochicat
22. The hotchicat
23. The aracaris
24. The grigri
25. The koulick
26. The black-billed aracari
27. The blue aracari
28. The barbican
29. The cassican
30. The calaos, or rhinoceros birds
31. The tock
32. The manilla calao
33. The calao, of the island of Panay
34. The Molucca calao
35. The brac, or African calao
36. The Abyssinian calao
37. The Philippine calao
38. The round-helmeted calao
39. The rhinoceros calao
40. The king fisher
41. Foreign king fishers
42. The aquatic birds
43. The stork
44. The black stork
45. The crane
46. The collared crane
47. The common heron
48. The great white heron
49. The black heron
50. The purple heron
51. The violet heron
52. The white garzette
53. The little egret
54. The crab catchers
55. The open bill
56. The bittern
57. The biboreau
58. The biboreau of Cayenne
59. The tufted umbre
60. The courliri, or courlan
61. the savacou
62. The white spoon bill
63. The woodcock
64. The snipe
65. The jack snipe
66. The brunette
67. The barges
68. The common barge
69. The barking barge
70. The variegated barge
71. The rufous barge
72. The great rufous barge
73. The rufous barge of Hudson's Bay
74. The brown barge
75. The white barge
76. The horsemen
77. The common horsemen
78. The redshank
79. The striped horseman
80. The variegated horseman
81. The white horseman
82. The green horseman
83. The ruff and reeve
84. The maubeches
85. The common maubeche
86. The spotted maubeche
87. The gray maubeche
88. The sanderling
89. The green sandpiper
90. The common sandpiper
91. The sea partridge
92. The gray sea partridge
93. The brown sea partridge
94. The giarole
95. The collared sea partridge
96. The sea lark
97. The cincle

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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-88), was a French mathematician who was considered one of the leading naturalists of the Enlightenment. An acquaintance of Voltaire and other intellectuals, he worked as Keeper at the Jardin du Roi from 1739, and this inspired him to research and publish a vast encyclopaedia and survey of natural history, the ground-breaking Histoire Naturelle, which he published in forty-four volumes between 1749 and 1804.

These volumes, first published between 1770 and 1783 and translated into English in 1793, contain Buffon's survey and descriptions of birds from the Histoire Naturelle. Based on recorded observations of birds both in France and in other countries, these volumes provide detailed descriptions of various bird species, their habitats and behaviours and were the first publications to present a comprehensive account of eighteenth-century ornithology. Volume 7 covers woodpeckers and kingfishers.

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